RED ROAD - 2009

Robby Romero, United Nations Headquarters, Red Road 2009, Eagle Thunder Entertainment

United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues
New York, New York. Photo: Heike Krebs

Robby Romero, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Red Road 2009, Eagle Thunder Entertainment

Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit On Climate Change
Anchorage, Alaska. Photo: Ben Powless

Robby Romero, Arctic Village, Red Road 2009, Eagle Thunder Entertainment

Arctic Celebration of Land & Life
Arctic Village, Alaska. Photo: Lucy Beach

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY – Robby Romero and Dakota René performed at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen for the Indigenous People Day celebration during the United Nations Conference of the Parties fifteenth session on climate change (COP15).
CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH – On December 12, 2009, during the United Nations Frame Work Convention on Climate Change, ETE artists and Native Children’s Survival advocates, Robby Romero and Dakota René joined Indigenous Peoples from around the world in the Historic Climate Justice March in Copenhagen, Denmark.
ARTPORT – On December 7, 2009, Robby Romero, Dakota René and Sarah James performed for the opening of the Artport art exhibition and reception at the DGI-BYEN & Øksnehallen in Copenhagen, Denmark during COP15. Through the exhibit, international artists challenged issues during the most significant UN Conference on Climate Change since Kyoto.
NATIVE PEOPLES – NATIVE HOMELANDS CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP – On Nov. 21 in the traditional homelands of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Oyate, Robby performed songs from his upcoming 2010 release NATIVE ROCK The Singles during the closing ceremony, followed by a prayer from Chief Arvol Looking Horse and a traveling song performed by the popular drum group Midnight Express.
SANTA FE BAND STAND – In a surprise appearance on the Plaza during Indian Market in Santa Fe New Mexico, Robby joined Keith Secola and his Wild Band of Indians for the finale, and closed the show with the classics La Bamba and Twist and Shout, featuring Micki Free on guitar.
ROCK THE COUNT – Robby hit the stage at Rock the Count: Native Jam Session, during the 66th annual National Congress of American Indians conference, with an “alter-native” version of Not Fade Away, highlighting the Indigenous origins of the Rock & Roll classic’s drum groves! The jam was a celebration of this year’s NCAI conference theme, Indian Country Counts to ensure Native people are actively counted in the 2010 Census.
DENNIS HOPPER’S SIGNS OF THE TIMES – On September 12, 2009, Robby Romero and Stacey Thunder attended Dennis Hopper’s art opening at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York City. The show, running September 12 – October 24, 2009, includes a vast selection of Hopper’s iconic 1960s photographs, twelve enormous and never-before-seen “billboard paintings,” and select video excerpts from his extensive body of work as an actor and director in film and television.
2009 NCAIED AWARDS – Robby Romero was among a select group of Indigenous entrepreneurs for the September 18, 2009, recognition of Stacey Thunder as a recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s Native American 40 Under 40 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 40 Under 40 is a prestigious award presented to young American Indian professionals who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication to achieve impressive and significant contributions in their businesses, communities, and Indian Country.
LAND & LIFE – Robby Romero performed Saturday night May 30, in Arctic Village, Alaska as part of a weekend long event celebrating 20 years of protecting the Arctic Refuge from the oil cartel. On behalf of Native Children’s Survival, Robby and his son River joined the Gwich’in Nation to create a giant “Message from the North” to world leaders at the Bonn, Germany Climate negotiations. The human image, created with aerial artist John Quigley, spelled out “SAVE THE ARCTIC” and featured people arranged into the shape of a caribou on the Arctic Village tundra.
UNITED NATIONS PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES – Robby performed at the PFII Cultural Event in May at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ GLOBAL SUMMIT ON CLIMATE CHANGE – Robby Romero performed at the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage, Alaska. The purpose of the Summit was to enable Indigenous peoples from all regions of the globe to exchange their knowledge and experience in adapting to the impacts of climate change, and to develop key messages and recommendations to be articulated to the world at the Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009.