Team

THOMAS RYAN REDCORN

Chief Creative, Director

Ryan RedCorn (Osage) was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma into a family of preachers, politicians and salesmen, which are all the same occupation. He is the ilonpa of Raymond and Elizabeth RedCorn, and the object of jealousy from his three younger brothers Jon, Alex and Studebaker, who between them have three masters degrees and two Phd's. Ryan, however, took six and half years to get an art degree in visual communications from the University of Kansas. To the surprise of many, Ryan has been able to translate his education, his ilonpa entitlement, and his family lineage into something some people think is valuable. He co-founded the Indigenous comedy troupe, the 1491s, and started a full services ad agency in the middle of nowhere Pawhuska, Oklahoma called Buffalo Nickel Creative. Sometimes people laugh at him. But he's ok with all of that. He recently woke one morning and realized he was married and had three daughters. He remarked, "I live a crazy life" and promptly enrolled in an MFA in screenwriting program to test his capacity for stress. He graduated in the Spring of 2020 and is presently alive, vaccinated and a staff writer on the second season of FX's tv show, Reservation Dogs.

JOSEPH BROWN THUNDER

Chief Executive, Producer

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

Sr. Graphic Designer / Sound Engineer

Full bio coming soon.

JASON MICHAEL FONG

Project Manager

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

Filmmaker

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

Filmmaker

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.”

KYLE BELL

Filmmaker

Kyle Bell (Creek-Thlopthlocco Tribal Town) is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since his filmmaking career began in 2015, Kyle has won numerous awards for his documentary and cinematography work. Kyle’s work has premiered online as a Vimeo Staff Pick and, most recently, his short film Defend the Sacred, covering the Standing Rock movement, won the audience award at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.

Bronnson Tre’ Harjo

Office Manager and Social Media Coordinator

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.

Lynz Bruce

Junior Graphic Designer

Kansas born, Texas raised! Lynz initially started as a pre-med student at the University of Kansas then transferred to Texas State University and changed her major to Communication design. During her time as a student, she studied art, data visualization, and autoethnography in Japan and China. Her father's travels while in the military inspired her to travel and experience other cultures.

Growing up with an autisitc spectrum disorder, Lynz turned to art as an outlet to help her better communicate and connect with others. By pursuing a career in the design realm, she anticipates helping others achieve the same goal. She believes nothing connects others more than storytelling.

Lynz takes pride in being Kiowa and Cheyenne and joined Buffalo Nickel Creative due to their involvement with various Native American tribes, along with their core values, strong work ethic, and strategic creativity. She's ready to bring new ideas and visions to the plate!