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The best kept secret in music



"Hidden Medicine is an experimental, mystical film that deals with the
relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the environment. The story takes place in Onondaga Nation Territory with appearances by Chief Oren Lyons, Clan Mother Audrey Shenandoah, Horst Rechelbacher, and Candace B. Pert. A young girl, played by Dakota René, has a dream about a traditional runner who takes a crucial message from his clan to the United Nations. The film beautifully weaves story, poetry, music and politics, creating an impending sense of our planet's struggle to survive."
- by Heather Rae, Sundance Film Festival


"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"
- by Antonitte Terblanche, SABC Africa.


Dakota's first single "My Mistake" appears on the soundtrack "America's Last Frontier"
Her first self titled EP "Dakota René" recorded in Taos, New Mexico in 2001 will be released for the first time in the Summer of 2005.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Dakota René’s first break in the entertainment industry was a photo shoot for the cover of Jane Fonda’s pregnancy workout video with her mother, New York model Suzanne Mitchell. Dakota was born on June 21, 1987 during summer solstice in Santa Monica, California. In her first years of life, Dakota René worked as a model in Hollywood and Chicago.

In 1990 Dakota traveled the world with her father artist Robby Romero, meeting dignitaries such as the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Mikal Gorbachev. That same year Dakota appeared in the award-winning “Native Children’s Survival” music video special, which had it’s worldwide television debut from the Kremlin in Moscow.

On May 21, 1992 Dakota graduated from Taos Pueblo’s Head Start program. She traveled to South America for the United Nations “Earth Summit” performing with an international children’s choir. While in Brazil, Dakota appeared in Life Magazine with a delegation of Indigenous Peoples as part of an historic photography shoot.

Dakota joined Carlos Santana and Red Thunder at the critically acclaimed concert event for the endowment of the American Indian Traditional Circle of Elders and Youth. She then moved to Hollywood to study dance, theater and to begin elementary school.

Dakota René hit the road with the 1995 H.O.R.D.E. Festival summer tour, the Blues Traveler fall tour and again with the 1996 H.O.R.D.E. Festival, singing and dancing with Red Thunder, Blues Traveler, Natalie Merchant and Rickie Lee Jones. Following the music tours, Dakota returned to Hollywood landing a role in the theatrical performance of “GODSPELL.”

In 1997 while studying acting with coach Richard Brander, Dakota joined the theatrical group “Broadway Bound” playing the lead in several productions including Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Rosie in “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Dakota graduated from Carpenter Elementary School class of 1998. That year she earned the lead in the indie film short “Hidden Medicine” produced by Roland Joffe´. “Hidden Medicine” premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and went on to air in the “Best of The Sundance Film Festival” series on Sundance Channel.

While playing live with the band “Unknown” in the Los Angeles area, Dakota lead her Junior Varsity Cheer-leading team to the state championship. She graduated from West Valley Jr. High School class of 2001 and began vocal training under Seth Riggs. Dakota René enrolled in Laurel Springs School and began her Independent High School Study program.

In 2002 Dakota crafted and recorded her unique version of Marvin Gay and Diana Ross’s hit single, “My Mistake.” Dakota’s recording of this song is featured on the “ America ’s Last Frontier” soundtrack available on Eagle Thunder Records.

Today Dakota René is a straight A student at Laurel Springs. She travels between New York City and Los Angeles studying, writing and recording music for her upcoming debut album.