Born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Ryan’s young newlywed parents moved the family back to the Wa.xa.k’o.lin district outside Pawhuska, Oklahoma on the Osage Nation reservation. It was here where he grew to appreciate indigenous arts. Upon graduating highschool, he attended the University of Kansas, studying Visual Communications with an emphasis in Graphic Design. Before earning his bachelors degree, Ryan spent two years as the co-president of the First Nations Student Association. During that time he fulfilled internship responsibilities at Transdigital Screenworks and the House of Blues. After graduating KU in 2004 he started freelancing graphic design services from a 350 squarefoot apartment in Desoto, Kansas, and within a month founded Red Hand Media, Inc. After a few months in operation Red Hand Media founded Demockratees.com, a line of highly acclaimed political tshirts that have been seen everywhere from the shelves of Urban Outfitters to MTV. In 2006, he moved his company from Kansas back home to the Osage reservation. In 2007, he co-founded Buffalo Nickel Industries in an effort to vertically integrate his t-shirt operations. Today Buffalo Nickel employs six people on the Osage Reservation, screen printing for everything from Sony Music to the Inaugural Ball. Red Hand Media was named business of the year in 2008 for the American Indian Chapter of Commerce, Tulsa Chapter. After experiencing unprecedented growth over the past year Red Hand Media is closing its doors, so that Ryan can embark on a new venture, Buffalo Nickel Creative. Ryan’s activism usually follows his business. He currently sits on the boards of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce (Tulsa Chapter), and Friends of the Osage Language. He is also the current co-executive director of NVision, a native non-profit that trains Indigenous reservation youth in the media arts in the context of a drug and alcohol free lifestyle. Ryan lives and works on the Osage Reservation where he regularly attends language class and sits on his districts In.lon.shka War Dance Committee.
Joseph Brown Thunder, is a member of the Wisconsin Ho-chunk and Lakota Oglala of Pine Ridge in South Dakota. After finishing school at the University of Minnesota in Theater and History. Joseph went to work behind the camera working his way from a PA to Producer but left the industry after starting a family. Joseph became a contractor for media development for the Department of Defense which led to working in application development with the Intel Corporation. In 2001, Joseph established his own technology firm “Nativeres Interactive” that provided technology solutions for various groups federal groups throughout the country. They have provided services for the Department of Health and Human Services, Lockheed Martin, EPA, HUD, private and non-profits groups on various IT projects throughout the United States.
In 2007, he Co-founded Buffalo Nickel Creative with Ryan Red Corn which has gone on to win numerous awards for design and media. Joe is the numbers and Ryan is the pictures. Joseph produces everything that comes out of the Nickel.
Joseph is a fundraiser for the NCAI's “Embassy of Tribal Nations” in Washington, DC and a Former Council member for the City of Falcon Heights . Joseph currently resides in Orange County and is married to Simone and has three daughters Emma, Taylor, Brooke and a family dog Tucker.
Ben Brown is a graphic designer with Buffalo Nickel Creative that may or may not be Indian. Depends on what day it is.
Ben was born in Bartlesville Oklahoma and spent a majority of his life in Osage Territory making his home with his family in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
With a deep admiration of artwork from a young age, tiny Ben started illustrating in his spare time. Tiny Ben hit his teen years and became big Ben. Ben is an accomplished musician and audio engineer that wandered through the doors of Buffalo Nickel in early 2009 looking for a place to print t shirts locally for his band. After submitting a design for a shirt he caught the eye of Ryan Red Corn. Ryan offered Ben a job with Buffalo Nickel as a printer saving Ben from a life of eternal torment at the hands of customers at his then current job as a convenient store clerk.
Given an opportunity to better himself and prove to the world that he had latent talents hiding within, Ben quickly set the Buffalo Nickel Press on fire twice before lunch time on his first day.
Ben quickly became adjusted and developed skills in design, photography, video, audio engineering, music composition, voiceover work, illustration, painting, and storytelling. Ben’s most valuable asset is his ability to adapt quickly.
Ben continues to develop new skills on a daily basis. He has be referred to by some clients as the glue that binds the Pawhuska Office together. He loves what he does, and looks forward to a long career within Buffalo Nickel Creative, so much so he and his wife recently bought a home one house down from the Buffalo Nickel office located in Pawhuska.
Jason Michael Fong graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Communications and a double-minor in Studio Art and Political Science. He began work as an Account Rep at a music distributor where he handled the company’s largest accounts, CDNow and Music Boulevard. After two years, he transitioned into the I.T. field spending six years at Intel as a Web Developer and Project Lead for the company’s highest profile projects including the flagship website Intel.com and the consumer-based website, Intel Personal Computing.
Jason is also an experienced actor, filmmaker, singer, voiceover artist, and print model who has worked in film, television, new media, radio, and theater. Jason appeared on the hit CBS show Hawaii Five-0 opposite Alex O' Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim. In the film 1440 and Counting, Jason played the role of Police Officer Gabe sharing scenes with Loretta Divine. Jason has also played various comedic roles in numerous episodes of the hit web series, SMOSH, with Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla.
He has written and starred in his own work since 2008. His short films, Bite Me, Office Romance, and The Rescue have premiered at various Asian American film festivals and popular Comic Cons with Office Romance winning an award for Best Comedy. He also created and starred in three webisodes of sci-fi action comedy, AREA 49 inspired by The X-files and buddy-cop movies.
Jason is a 1st Degree Black Belt in Mapag Tapat Shi, a blended system of martial arts that includes American Kenpo, Jeet Kune Do (JKD), Kali/Escrima, and F.I.G.H.T (Israeli Combatives). He is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
Ryker Sixkiller, a man named after a Star Trek character who his mom had the hots for, is a Film Editor for Buffalo Nickel Creative.
Ryker, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation Tribe belonging to the Long Hair Clan and Pima Tribe, was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. For the majority of Ryker’s childhood, he lived several miles down a dirt road in a small community called Wauhillau.
When Ryker was in 1st grade at Maryetta Elementary, he found joy in entertainment after he nailed his lead role in the school play. From that moment on, Ryker would be seen in multiple school plays, musicals such as “Scrooge” where he was the only kid who did a British accent, and drama classes. At the age of 12, When Ryker attended Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma (a private school), he realized he could up his game in entertainment by taking media production classes taught by Mr. Don Franklin. After having multiple projects scrapped by Mr. Franklin due to the inappropriate content, Ryker made a friend who had a camera, video editing software, and the same sense of humor. From there, Ryker and his friend would start a Youtube entertainment group that would make comedy/action skits, with some having over 4 million views.
In the year 2013, Ryker met Ryan Redcorn through a mutual friend when Ryan needed someone fit to model for him. Ryker found Ryan to be oddly witty and labeled him as a cool guy when Ryan said, “Wanna make a video about a white guy being more Indian than an Indian?” After Ryan took headshots for Ryker, he would continue to go to Ryan for help on self-tape auditions. Ryker landed several roles in feature films, tv shows, commercials, web series, and short films. Unfortunately none of those gigs were big enough to have a good pay or be seen by anyone. Ryker then began working for the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa where he built a reputation of body slamming people who were acting up. After 30 documented fights that Ryker was involved in at the Hard Rock, Ryan called Ryker and said, “Work for me nephew and put this violence behind you.” Ryker with a long pause and a sigh then responded with, “Okay.”
LaRonn Katchia is a 30 year-old award-winning filmmaker and tribal member from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs currently pursuing a passionate filmmaking career in Portland, OR. LaRonn grew up on the Warm Springs reservation and has lived there for 18 years of his life transitioning to the city of Portland for film school. His love and passion for film resides from the influence of the commonly mistreated portrayal of indigenous peoples in Hollywood films today.
“My mission is to change the Indigenous stereotypes of film and to represent us through an authentic lens. The Indigenous perspective is what's missing in Hollywood today and needs to be brought to light. There are too many untouched original stories waiting to be filmed, and that being filmed by an indigenous filmmaker.”
Bronnson Harjo is a Seminole/ Muscogee Creek citizen born in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He grew up in the small town of Holdenville in central Oklahoma. With the majority of his upbringing being around sports, he went on to play college football at Haskell Indian Nation University in Lawrence, Kansas. After attending (HINU) Bronnson decided to move back home and attend Seminole State College in Seminole, Oklahoma. During his time in college Bronnson had a change of mind to begin acting, and has stayed with that since. He was featured in a few commercials here and there and eventually worked his way to a role in feature film “Mekko”, a film written and directed by his older brother Sterlin Harjo. Now Bronnson takes much pride in his job at Buffalo Nickel Creative where he manages the office, helps with communications, and gets to act, write, and give his own input on multiple projects within the company.