Robby Romero rose to prominence with the global broadcast of his first music picture campaign, IS IT TOO LATE, and his designation as a United Nations Ambassador Of Youth For The Environment. Robby uses art to bridge the gap between Indigenous Peoples, human rights, and social and environmental justice. He does this through his grassroots group Native Children’s Survival, a nonprofit Indigenous Peoples Organization in special consultative status with United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Robby has spoken and performed, and his work has premiered at Indigenous gatherings and world events across the globe, from the Traditional Circle of Elders and Youth to the United Nations Environment Programme, Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and Conference of the Parties on Climate Change and Biodiversity.
Robby has organized and performed in various benefit concerts, social and political events, and fundraisers for over three decades. The proceeds generated from these events, as well as sales of eco-friendly products, have supported and funded Indigenous Peoples and Organizations worldwide. These include children’s programs, environmental organizations on the front lines of climate change, Native Community Radio, music education programs, and institutions such as the American Indian College Fund and American Indian Institute.
Other beneficiaries include the Traditional Circle of Elders and Youth, American Indian Law Alliance, Blackfeet Community College Greenhouse Geodesic Dome project, Cheif Leschi Schools, Child-Rite, Desmond Tutu Peace Center, Eyak Preservation Council, GiveLove, Gwich’in Steering Committee, Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, Milagro Foundation, Morning Star Institute, Očhéthi Šakówin Camp Standing Rock, Sacred Run, Sapa Dawn Center, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) Indian Market Gala, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, The Longest Walk, Tiwa Farms, and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Specific projects that have been supported include the building of a Lakota Language Immersion School, the Wakanyeja Gluwitayan Otipi Emergency Foster Home, and the purchase of two ambulances for the Wičóni Awanyankapi Weight Clay District Emergency Medical and Fire Protection Services in Oglala, which alone saved 70 people from death or disability in the first year.
In concert with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Native Children’s Survival’s Project Protect Awareness Campaign held a special event and screening at Taos Pueblo Day School and has led nationwide discussions at Schools across the country, from Chief Leschi, Makah, Hoh, Quileute, and Quinault youth programs in the Pacific Northwest, to New York City’s public school youth programs, about protecting Mother Earth and the need for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.