Iconic, persuasive, and often controversial influences highlight the beginning of what would be the soundtrack of a lifetime marked by integrative campaigning for political and social change.
In 1970, Robby’s mother, Rita Rogers (1937-2012) introduced her son to Hollywood rebel Dennis Hopper (1936-2010), an American actor, filmmaker, photographer and artist. Hopper was an idealist riding high on the tremendous success of his 1969 counterculture indie film “Easy Rider”.
Reies Lopez Tijerina (1026-2015) and Cesar Chavez (1927-1993), were among the many activists Rita exposed her son to. Tijerina was a civil rights activist and founder of Alianza de Pueblos Libres (The Alliance of Free Pueblos) also know as La Alianza de Mercedes (The Alliance of Federal Land Grants). Chavez was a union leader and labor organizer who founded the National Farm Workers Association and succeeded in raising salaries and improving working conditions for some of the poorest farm workers in America.
During this time Robby’s mother asked Robby to take Hopper to an American Indian Movement (AIM) encampment in Dené Territory on the Navajo Indian Reservation to meet Dennis Banks (1937-2017), Russell Means (1939-2012), and Lakota Spiritual Leonard Crow Dog. Robby was 13. At the time, Robby was living with Hopper at the Mabel Dodge Tony Luhan House on the Taos Pueblo Indian Reservation in New Mexico. This trip with Hopper through Pueblo, Apache, and Dené Territory would be the first of many he would make on behalf of the movement.
In between introductions, meetings, and rally’s, Rita took Robby to visit Elvis Presley during Elvis’s 645 sold-out live shows from 1969 through 1976 in Las Vegas. She provided a center of learning for Robby to spend valubale time on TV and movie sets with Hopper, Peter Fonda, David Caridine, and American Director and screenwriter Sam Peckinpah.
Throughout the Seventies, Robby traveled from Taos to Hollywood writing songs, recording and playing in Taos Plaza’s Cantina’s and Cafe’s, as well as Hollywood’s famed clubs. His first solo show in Hollywood was at The Improv Comedy Club in 1978. His first show with a band was at The Troubadour in 1979.
At the request of Hopper, Dennis’s brother, David, and Taos artist, Pepe Rochon, managed Robby’s bookings and helped Rita and Hopper launch Robby into a life of music, film, and activism through the art of altruism.
AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT
Dennis Banks, leader and co-founder of The American Indian Movement (AIM) calls on Robby to perform with Buddy Red Bow, a Lakota singer-songwriter, and Floyd Red Crow Westernman, a Lakota singer songwriter, actor and activist, at a concert to raise funds for an Ambulance for the Weight Clay District Emergency Medical and Fire Protection Services in Oglala, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The concert was held at Half Moon Bay in Northern California hosted by Dennis Banks and the West Cost Chapter of the American Indian Movement. Robby had not seen Banks since 1973.At the American Indian Film Festival honoring ceremony for Native American actor, Will Sampson, held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Romero and Banks made an aperance on stage with the Sampson family and Floyd Red Crow Westerman.
A year later Robby received a Certificate of Merit from the Wičóni Awanyankapi that stated, “In recognition for your efforts to raise funds to obtain two ambulances that were delivered and used by this service to respond to 371 emergency medical and 9 fire calls, thereby saving 70 people from death or disability, during the first year.”
Later that year Robby is again called upon by Dennis Banks to perform at a concert in Louisville Kentucky to bring National awareness to one of the most massive Indian grave robberies in US history. Robby assists and helps Banks organize reburial ceremonies for ancestors who’s graves were desecrated and robed by collectors of Indian remains and artifacts in Uniontown, Kentucky.
Robby spent more than a year in Kentucky as the National Field Coordinator for The American Indian Movement performing and speaking at Public Schools and Universities advocating for the protection of Native American Graves and Sacred Sites. Banks and Romero’s activities resulted in the states of Kentucky and Indiana passing strict legislation against grave desecration. Their efforts led to The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) enacted on 16 November 1990.
THE SACRED RUN
Robby joins The Sacred Run, a spiritual run led by Dennis Banks. From the Onondaga Territories in upstate New York to San Francisco Robby performed and spoke at grass-roots gatherings, concerts and ceremonies. Aug 6, – Aug 9, 1988 The Sacred Run continued from the 43rd Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the Ainu Indigenous Territories in Hokkaido, the Northern Island of Japan.
Upon Robby’s return to Turtle Island (North America) Robby performed and spoke with Dennis Banks at Flandreau Indian School and with Native American singer-songwriter, Mitch Walking Elk, at the 44th Annual National Congress of American Indians Conference held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
NATIVE CHILDREN'S SURVIVAL
Robby founded Native Children’s Survival (NCS), a non-profit organization devoted to the healing of Mother Earth and all her children. He also founded the innovative Native Rock band Red Thunder and was signed to Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, identified by the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as “one of Britain’s great independent labels”. Robby began recording and filming the first in a series of music singles and music videos in support of NCS’s music movement with English film, documentary and music video director Julien Temple who began his career with short films featuring the Sex Pistols.For the 44th Annual National Congress Of American Indians Conference held in Okalahoma City, Robby invited Oneida singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah to join him and Kris Kristofferson at the Conference Gala Concert.
THE UNITED NATIONS
Following President Mikhail Gorbachev’s historic environmental message at the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders in Moscow, Robby’s first NCS music video campaign, Is It Too Late, was broadcast around the world from the Kremlin on ORT Channel One Russia and premiered at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City during the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Children and the Environment Project. Robby invited Onondaga Faithkeeper, Chief Oren Lyons, to speak with him on behalf of NCS and was joined by African American singer-songwriter Richie Havens in the closing performence. This endeavor earned Robby the title of United Nations Ambassador of Youth for the Environment and a Certificate of Appreciation signed by UNEP Executive Director, Mostafa K. Talba.Robby joind master of ceremonies Richard Gere and a host of artists, musicians, actors, activists, and politions in Washington, DC. on 22nd April 1990 for a live televised Earth Day celebration on the west front of the US Capitol. Mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting the status of environmental issues onto the world stage, the Earth Day activities in 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Robby’s Native Rock band, Red Thunder, with roots deep in the heart of Indian Country, debuted live from the Apache Territories of the Southwest as part of MTV’s “Street Block Party” broadcast. Robby was featured on CNN’s “Earth Matters” and his music and likeness were featured on the TBS star-studded hit cartoon “Captain Planet."
Robby made several special appearances during the year including: The Concert for Native American Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier with Native American singer-somgwriter, Mitch Walking Elk, at the United States Penitentiary Leavenworth in Kansas and The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Annual Gala in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with renowed Chiricahua Apache sculptor, painter and book illustrator, Allan Houser joing Robby on blues harp.
THE EARTH SUMMIT
While preparing for the first and largest environmental conference in history at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Robby continued to work on the TBS eco-cartoon series “Captain Planet” and his next singles Prayer Song and Heartbeat.
International performances included:
The Good Road “All Our Colors” Concert in North America
The United Nations Environment Programme in North America
The Concert for the Native American Program at Dartmouth College
The Harvard University Native American Program
The United Nations Earth Summit in South America
The Nuclear Free Forum in Austria.
During a concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Robby was presented with the distinguished Aveda Eco-Perennial Award.
As part of MTV’s “Free Your Mind” campaign, Robby created several stereotype-breaking public service announcements to help dispel myths and misconceptions about Native Peoples in pop culture. The campaign won the industry’s prestigious Cable Ace Award.
Robby directed, scored and co-wrote with Suzan Harjo, a World Alert Special, Makoce Wakan: Sacred Earth. The VH1 World Alert Special was produced to help support legislation then in Congress to protect Native Peoples Sacred Sites and Freedom of Religion. Makoce Wakan: Sacred Earth screened at a press conference hosted by the Morning Star Instute, Viacom Media Networks, and the The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The screening and press conference took place at the Senate Rotunda Building in Washington, D.C. and Makoce Wakan: Sacred Earth premired on MTV Networks as a VH1 World Alert Special.
The legislation was successful and the rockumentary film generated the highest viewer response of any show on the network to date at that time, gaining 160,000 new subscribers from the heart of Indian Country for Time Warner Cable. The soundtrack to Robby's PSA's and rockumentary film introduced Native Rock music to the music television generation and Robby was featured on VH1′s Inside Music.
“Since VH1 began airing Inside Music segments featuring Robby Romero the Viewer Services Hotline has been bombarded by calls.” - MTV Networks
In support of the United Nations General Assembly proclaiming 1993 the International Year of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Robby invited Dennis Banks, Oglala Lakota Spiritual Leader, Richard Moves Camp, and Aveda Founder, Horst Rechelbacher, to join him at the Roxy Theatre on sunset strip in Hollywood in a concert to celebrate and honor the more than 375 million Indigenus Peoples living in seven regions of the world.
EAGLE THUNDER RECORDS
Robby founded Eagle Thunder Records and released his self-titled debut EP exclusively in Indian Country. With his singles/music videos Heartbeat and Prayer Song in rotation on VH1 and MTV2, spinning on Native Radio, NPR Radio and Commercial Radio, and with a special appearance on the PBS hit puppet show “Puzzle Place”, an episode that become the most watched and requested episode of the series, Robby began his groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Indian Country Tour.
THE H.O.R.D.E. MUSIC FESTIVAL
Eagle Thunder Records released Red Thunder’s LP “Makoce Wakan” exclusively on Turtle Island. Robby was invited on the 1995 and 1996 H.O.R.D.E. Tour, a Blues Traveler-founded festival that came to define a genre of explosive live performances and intense fan loyalty, as well as the Blues Traveler Fall tours. Robby was featured on MTV’s “Crossroads” and “H.O.R.D.E. Bootleg Special”. The tour lineups included: The Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow, The Black Crows, Rickie Lee Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Taj Mahal, Ziggy Marley, Natalie Merchant, Neil Young and Blues Traveler.At the Invitation of the AINU, Robby traveled to the Ainu Territories of Japan to preform at the AINU Cultural Center and Penny Lane Thearte in Sapporo, Japan.
HODIITS' CONCERT NAVAJO NATION
With laurels from critics and throngs of new fans, Robby returned to Indian Country, rolling onto the Navajo Nation for the Annual Hodiits’a concert with Native post-punk band, Blackfire, and punk rocker, Joey Ramone. He stormed the Pacific Northwest for the grand opening of Chief Leschi Schools and headed east for a series of concerts across Indian Country.
ON THE ROAD
Robby continued on the Red Road with stops that included a string of appearances in Gwich’in Villages in the Arctic, a special benefit concert for Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana and the Onondaga Nation Music festival. Robby returned to the Navajo Nation Reservation for the Annual Hodiits’a concert with singer Maynard James Keenan of the American rock band Tool.
Robby scored, directed and co-wrote with Chief Oren Lyons, Hidden Medicine, an experimental short film dealing with the mystical relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the environment. The film was produced by Roland Joffé, best known for his Oscar-nominated movies “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission.” Hidden Medicine was produced to support legislation then in Congress to protect the remaining four percent of America’s forests.
Featuring a preface by Robert Redford, Hidden Medicine premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and screened at International Film Festivals around the world. Hidden Medicine had its broadcast debut that same year on Sundance Channel in the “Best of the Fest” series with a successful appeal that encouraged viewers to take immediate action regarding both The Act to Save America’s Forests and the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act.
“Hidden Medicine is an experimental, mystical film that deals with the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the environment. The film beautifully weaves story, poetry, music and politics, creating an impending sense of our planet’s struggle to survive.” - Sundance Film Festival
INDIGENOUS CULTURAL FESTIVALS
Hidden Medicine screened during the Working Group on the draft declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations in the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The Hidden Medicine LP was released on Eagle Thunder Records exclusively in Indian Country and Robby hit the road in 2000 and 2001 to tour from the Native territories of North America to the Aboriginal territories of Australia. Robby headlined the Indigenous Cultural Festival in Australia and made a special appearance at The United Nations Conference Against Racial Discrimination in Sydney.
INDIGENOUS, a new product line celebrating Beauty in balance with Nature, created and developed by Robby with the Aveda Corporation, was launched. INDIGENOUS is a Purifying Collection, sustainably harvested by Native Peoples, that included a Purifying Pure-Fume Composition, Purifying Hair and Body Cleanser, and Purifying Aroma Candle. The INDIGENOUS Collection has donated over one million dollars to Indigenous and environmental organizations around the world.
Also in 2002, Robby and producer Roland Joffé documented America’s Last Frontier, a musical journey from Washington, D.C. to the homelands of the Gwich’in Nation in Alaska. America’s Last Frontier was produced to help stop legislation then in Congress that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration. The rockumentary film premired on SABC Africa’s hit program 50/50 during the United Nations World Summit On Sustainable Development in South Africa. The broadcast was successful, the legislation was stopped and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was protected.
“We had amazing feedback from our viewers and they enjoyed the educational ride, the critical message so eloquently brought across with the beauty of Alaska and music that could become a hit in South Africa.” – SABC Africa.
Following the broadcast, Eagle Thunder Records released the America’s Last Frontier soundtrack on Turtle Island with a string of international live performances and film screenings.
SAVE THE ARCTIC REFUGE CAMPAIGN
On behalf of NCS, Robby created another Public Service Announcement campaign called r u 2 cool 2 care… The first in the series, Save The Arctic Refuge, focused on legislation to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Save The Arctic Refuge was launched nationally on music television and internationally on the World Wide Web.Save The Arctic Refuge PSA Campaign and America's Last Frontier rockumentary film were screened during the United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues at the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, UN Headquarters. In honor of the Indigenous delegates attending the Forum, Robby gave a special performance at New York Public Theatre’s, Joe’s Pub.
ROCK THE REZ CAMPAIGN TOUR
As America prepared for it’s Presidential Election, so did Indian Country. Native Nations launched a national Get Out the Vote campaign and Robby & Red Thunder hit the road on the Rock The Rez Vote Campaign Tour, targeting swing-states in Indian Country. Special guest speakers included Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive, Melanie Benjamin and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. In support of a new generation of Indian Country leaders, Robby performed at the Presidential inaugurations of Floyd “Buck” Jourdian, Chairman of the Red Lake Nation and Cecilia Fire Thunder, President of the Oglala Sioux Nation.
EAGLE THUNDER ENTERTAINMENT
Robby founded Eagle Thunder Entertainment (ETE). ETE released a limited edition of Robby’s work on behalf of NCS entitled, Native Children’s Survival, If not now, when? If not you, who? This essential CD/DVD eco-pack is a collection of music, music videos, rockumentary films, exclusive interviews on MTV, VH1 and Sundance Channel and public service announcement campaigns about the critical need to permanently protect our last remaining wild places and safeguard the rights, culture, lands and territories of Indigenous Peoples.
Following the release, Robby began work on Native Wind, the next project of the NCS r u 2 cool 2 care… public service announcement campaign. Native Wind had its debut at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City on September 16, 2005, with some of the world’s most influential political and business leaders in attendance. Native Wind made its film festival premier at the 2006 American Indian Film Festival at the Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA and went on to showcase at Festival De Cannes, Short Film Corner, in Cannes, France, the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival presented by Patagonia, Robert Redford’s Sundance Summit, and at the United Nations World Environment Day Global celebration.
LAKOTA LANGUAGE IMMERSION SCHOOL
Sony/BMG released Encounters – An Alliance For Children. The album featured a duo of Robby and German Rock Legend Peter Maffay performing Robby’s Indian Country hit single Heartbeat. Heartbeat became the album’s single. The single and album’s release were followed by a string of TV and Radio appearances including, BRAVO Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of music history and youth culture with a live three-hour international television satellite feed, an AOL International Live broadcast, and a 2007 15-city Arena Tour. The TV lineups included Beyonce, Tokio Hotel, Sting, Keith Urban, and more. The Encounters project was successful in raising over one million Euros to benefit children’s programs around the world, including the building of the “Sacred Hoop” Lakota Language Immersion School in Oglala, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. At a press conference in Germany, Robby was presented with a Gold Record from the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI), the Federal Association of Music Industry in Germany.
CONCERT FOR PEACE
Pathfinder, a 20th Century Fox film in which Robby produced the Traditional Native Music and was a consultant for the production, was released. Pathfinder is based on the Academy Award nominated film of the same name for best foreign film by Nils Gaup, and is directed by Marcus Nispel and produced by Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy and Arnold Messer. Robby also produced the ETE Indian Country self-titled debut release, P. Town Boyz. The P. Town Boyz are an acclaimed Ojibwe youth drum group from the traditional village of Ponemah on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.
During the summer of 2007, Robby joined President Mikhail Gorbachev, Yusuf Islam, Angélique Kiddy, Peter Maffay, President Shimon Peres, Dakota Romero, Carlos Santana, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a Concert for Peace in Bochum, Germany. Robby had the honor of performing with and singing Carlos Santana’s classic hits Black Magic Woman and Oye Como Va before performing his own hits, Heartbeat and Hidden Medicine. Proceeds from this concert supported the humanitarian projects of the Milagro Foundation in San Francisco and the Desmond Tutu Peace Center in South Africa.
PAINTING THE WORLD
ETE released Painting The World, a limited edition CD/Single that celebrates the historical adoption of the United Nations’ “Declaration on The Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. Featuring Indigenous artists from around the world, Painting The World raises awareness about global warming and climate change. The CD release party took place during the United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues Cultural Event on Earth Day, April 22, at United Nations Headquarters in New York City with a live performance by Robby and Indigenous musicians from around the world.
At the request of Red Lake Nation Chairman, Floyd “Buck” Jourdian, Robby produced Old Times by the renowned pow wow group Red Lake Singers. Old Times was produced to capture and preserve old songs and an “old-style” of singing of the Ojibwe people of Red Lake Nation. Old Times was released exclusively in Indian Country by ETE. In a series of concerts around the world, Robby made several stops including one in Alaska at the Alaska Native Heritage Center for The Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Conference and one in Copenhagen, Denmark for the United Nations Conference Of The Parties.
DENNIS HOPPER DAY
2010 proved to be one of the most difficult years for Robby as his brother, father, friend and mentor Dennis Hopper fell terminally ill and began his journey to the spirit world. Robby worked with art dealer and gallery owner Michael McCormick, TV Host, Actress and Attorney Stacey Thunder and then-New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to honor Dennis Hopper’s creative life and the many contributions he made to the multi-cultural community of New Mexico. The result was the Governor proclaiming May 17 (Dennis’ birthday) as “Dennis Hopper Day” in the state Of New Mexico.
WHO'S GONNA SAVE YOU
On April 22, 2009, the United Nations’ General Assembly made a historic move by proclaiming the day International Mother Earth Day. The effort was led by Bolivian Indigenous President, Evo Morales Ayma, in which he applauded the members of the world body for taking “a historic stand for Mother Earth”. To commemorate the UN’s unprecedented occasion and celebrate International Mother Earth Day, Robby partnered with several Native Nations to produce a music picture of Robby’s song, Who’s Gonna Save You. The music picture had a sneak-peak broadcast premiere on South Africa’s number 1 network, SABC Africa, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in South Africa, reaching millions of African viewers. In conjunction with the broadcast, Robby gave several national TV, radio, and print interviews, including a live performance on South Africa’s popular e.TV “Sunrise” show in Johannesburg with an Indigenous African youth choir.
PROJECT PROTECT CAMPAIGN
On International Mother Earth Day, April 22, Robby launched NCS’s latest campaign Project Protect. Project Protect is an awareness campaign fighting for the rights of Mother Earth and all her children.
World Environment Day, June 5, 2012, marked the online Global premiere of Who’s Gonna Save You. The “music picture” is a combination of music video and motion picture woven into a poetic call to consciousness for the restoration of life in balance. Who’s Gonna Save You celebrates the power of music and film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences into awareness and action.
The music single Who’s Gonna Save You dropped globally on 20 November 2012 on iTunes, Amazon, Robby's Village Store, and other leading music outlets.
Robby’s DELUXE EDITION of Who’s Gonna Save You dropped globally 21 December 2012 on iTunes. The DELUXE EDITION includes the music single and special edited version of the music picture for iTunes.
PROJECT PROTECT EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVE
On Valentine’s Day Robby launched NCS’s Project Protect Educational Initiative at Taos Pueblo Day School. Together with UNM Taos, Sage Institute and The Harwood Museum Of Art, NCS presented a special screening of Who’s Gonna Save You at the Arthur Bell Auditorium in Taos, New Mexico. The event, hosted by NCS board member & actress Irene Bedard and Sage Institute board member & poet Dora E. McQuaid, featured local eco- entrepreneur leaders including KTAOS world famous solar radio founder Brad Hockmeyer, eco- architect Michael Reynolds, chairman of the UNM-Taos green tech program Mark Goldman, Taos Pueblo Red Willow Farm (and farmer’s market) eco- agriculturist Angelo McHorse and Hillery Duran. The evening closed with an acoustic performance by Robby Romero and Robert Mirabal of All Our Colors, the next music single to be released in support of the Project Protect Awareness Campaign.
In honor of the Rights of Mother Earth and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Nations, NCS, American Indian Law Alliance and Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Development presented a screening of Who’s Gonna Save You. A special PSA, We Are The Seventh Generation, from Taos Pueblo Day School Students was also screened followed by a panel discussion led by Indigenous Youth.
On June 11, 2013, Dakota Romero’s beautifully haunting debut recording of the classic traditional song La Llorona (English: Weeping Woman) produced by Robby Romero, debuted on KXMT 99.1 FM Northern New Mexico. The La Llorona music video was released on the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos), November 1, 2013. Dakota’s performance is dedicated to the memory of her Grandmother, Ida Mae Aragon aka Rita Rogers who began her journey to the spirit world 11 June 2012.
SUMMER OF THE RED WILLOW
On May 17, 2014, ETE presented the 1st annual Dennis Hopper Day happening and Easy Rider Ridehosted by Taos Pueblo and Taos New Mexico. Produced by Robby Romero, the tribute included a ceremony reception and round dance at Taos Pueblo, Party on the Taos Plaza and Screening of Hopper’s counter-culture classic Easy Rider at the old Taos County Court House where the famous scene with Jack Nicholson was filmed.
On August 12, 2014, Robby Romero and Grammy Award Winner Robert Mirabal came together with a new Alter-Native single Iron Horse to commemorate the Summer Of The Red Willow and the Town of Taos’s historic name change of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park. Iron Horse, the single dropped on August 12.
During 2014, Robby and Robert made special appearances in the Southwest including: Taos Old County Court House, Indian Market Santa Fe Band Stand, Camel Rock Show Room Tesuque Pueblo, The Big Barn Dance Taos Ski Valley, Southwest Association of Indian Arts Santa Fe Winter Indian Market, and Taos Center For Performing Arts.
The year ended with a unique evening at the Farmhouse Cafe titled Iron Horse Chefs. “They Are Award Winning Musicians But Can They Cook?” The evening featured the Alter-Native duo’s music and 5 star cuisine to benefit the Organic Breakfast & Lunch program for Taos Children and Twia Farm.
Robby and Robert performed live at the 32nd Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque, the 94th Santa Fe Indian Market in Santa Fe and at a special tribute to world renowned Navajo painter RC Gorman at the Michael McCormick Gallery in Taos.
ET presented the 2nd Annual Dennis Hopper Day happening on Sunday – May 17, 2015. Special Guests included Academy Award Winner Patricia Arquette, American Indian Film Award Winner Gary Farmer and Taos Pueblo Grammy Award Winner Robert Mirabal.
As part of Native Children’s Survival Youth Campaign for Climate Justice Earth Revolution premiered at the Conference of Youth in Paris, France on the eve of the historic 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). The screening was prefaced by H.E. Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister and President of COP21.
Written and performed by Ta’Kaiya Blaney, singer-songwriter, actress and Native Children’s Survival Youth Ambassador, Earth Revolution features children from around the world in a call to action to protect Mother Earth and all our relations for future generations.
On the occasion of the closing ceremony of ArtCOP21, Dakota Romero, singer-songwriter, actress and Native Children’s Survival board member, closed the programme with her unique voice and multicultural style at the Gaîté lyrique, Paris, France.
“Until we understand our connection, only then will we understand our responsibility.” – Dakota Romero
ArtCOP21 is an exploration of the cultural stakes of climate change. More than 200 artists, poets, professionals, scientists and thinkers imagine together other narratives and other perspectives to reinvent our world.
In honor of Mother Earth Day, Robby and Ta’kaiya hit the read road for a multi-media tour in the Pacific Northwest with stops at Chief Leschi Schools, and Suquamish, Makah and Quinault Indian Nations.
Dennis Hopper Day became Dennis Hopper Days. The 3rd Annual Hopper Happening included the Inaugural Rebel Film Festival held at the Taos Center for Performing Arts. The Easy Rider Ride and Rally began at Old Martina’s Hall at the historic Ranchos de Taos St. Francis Plaza on 14 May, 2016. Festivities were held through 17 May 2016 concluding with the Dennis Hopper Commemoration Celebration.
On INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES 9 AUGUST 2016 Earth Revolution, the inspirational single and music picture from the front lines of the environmental movement, drops digitally on iTunes, Amazon and leading music stores around the world.
Robby and Robert Mirabal perform for Dennis Banks’s Longest Walk at Po-suwae-geh Owingeh Pueblo in Pojoaque, New Mexico. Special guests and dignitaries included Po-suwae-geh Owingeh Pueblo Governor Joseph Talachy. “Po-suwae-geh Owingeh” means water gathering place in Tewa language.At the American Indian Film Festival in San Franciso, Earth Revolution won Best Music Video and Robby and Ta'Kaiya perfoemed live with a call to action for Standing Rock. In December Robby joined Fiona Apple, TV On The Radio, Patricia Arquette, and many more at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood calling on the entertainment industry, friends and fans to #StandWithStanding Rock. While in Hollywood Robby joined Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin and Frances Fisher, in a peaceful march to #DeFundDAPL by calling for the divestment in banks that fund the fossil foolish industry. The Global fossil-fuel divestment movement has thus far divested nearly $5.5. billion and counting.
Robby joins Banks on his annual “Mother Earth Tour” through the Indigenous Territories in Oklahoma.
In July Robby joined the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the Water Protectors on the front-lines of an historic Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline—an oil pipeline snaking through 1851 treaty land adjacent to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Robby organized a compost sanitation project to protect the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers and the Oceti Sakowin 1851 Treaty Lands. Together with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, Elder Phillis Young, and Dennis Banks, Robby organized and invited fellow musicians to perform in a series of concerts to raise funds and awareness in support of the Water Protectors and the Oceti Sakowin Camp on the front lines of this historic peaceful and spiritual resistance.
At the request of AIM elders Madonna Thunder Hawk, Phylis Young, and Dennis Banks, Robby helped organize the founding of Mní Wičóni Legal Defense/Offense Committee to support water protectors making a 1851 treaty stand against the Goverments arrests and trumped up charges at Standing Rock.
By the end of the year Cultural Survival Magazine asked Robby for permission to publish his photography and to write an exclusive article on his leadership, experience and work at Standing Rock. Robby’s photography and article are featured in the the 2016 and 2017 winter publications of Cultural Survival Magazine.
Robby and Dennis Banks began work on the Recording and film production of BORN ON THE REZ the first single and music picture in a series to be recorded and filmed in support of the #Honor1851Treaty Campaign born out of Standing Rock.On Mother Earth Day, Robby and Dennis, along with singer-songwriter, Raye Zaragoza, performed and spoke at UCLA for their Native American Education Program.
The music single, recorded by Grammy Winning artists at Capitol Records, was executive produced by Dennis Banks and Laila Nabulsi, produced by Don Was, engineered by Ed Cherney, mixed by Steve Addabbo, mastered by Howie Weinberg, and features some of the music industry’s and Indian Country’s most eminent musicians. The chorus Mní Wičóni Water Is Life features Water Protectors and supporters including Victoria Asher, Dennis Banks, Ta’Kayia Blaney, Gary Farmer, Frances Fisher, Robert Mirabal, Bobby Neuwirth, Dakota Romero, Chris Stills, Raye Zaragoza, and the legendary singer-songwriter/actor Kris Kristofferson.
BORN ON THE REZ
On February 27 Robby participated in the honoring of Dennis Banks at the 45th anniversary of Wounded Knee 1973 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.On March 12, 2018 BORN ON THE REZ, the first single in support of the #Honor1851Treaty Campaign, had it's Native Radio premiere on KTAO World Famous Solar Radio’s popular show “Moccasin Wire” hosted by Taos Pueblo’s Pat Romero. The single's chours features Dennis Banks and a choir of Water Protectors.