Also known by her tribal name RedSilverFox Thunderbird, Renee received her formal education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she received her bachelor’s degree in music education. She also received her Middle Years certification and Reading Endorsement from the Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.
Educating people has been a lifetime passion of Renee, having spent over 30 years as a teacher in Philadelphia and Atlanta where she has taught general music and band classes, instrumental music lessons, reading and health classes, and language arts tutoring classes. She has also worked as a long-term elementary substitute teacher and was also the principal of a private day school. Prior to starting her teaching career, Renee spent several years working with children as a music coach and as a summer camp counselor.
Drawing on decades of her music teaching experience where she focused on exposing her students to the evolution of music in America, Renee now focuses on educating people of the under exposed history of people of color in the United States before and after the arrival of the Europeans. She, along with her son and co-founder of INDEDU Tavis Sanders, have created educational videos that air in Philadelphia and New York City on cable television. In addition, their YouTube channel An American Deception has been viewed in over 195 countries over 500,000 times, with over 2,000,000,000 minutes watched and 11,000 subscribers.
Renee is very optimistic that by bringing to light this previously neglected and overlooked information people will have a better picture of the past to use to make sense of the present, empowering them with the ability to create a better future for all.
Born and raised in Philadelphia PA, RedTail Hawk Thunderbird, also known as Tavis Sanders, is a byproduct of educators which extend for generations on both sides of his family. RedTail utilized this living environment to cultivate his curiosity for his Indigenous Heritage.
Applying critical thinking tools taught by his parents, RedTail chose to continue his education by distance e-learning to acquire certifications and degrees at a wide range of educational institutions. The information gained from his higher learning accomplishments supports his goal of furthering Indigenous autonomy among his Indigenous community.
Co-founding Indigenous Education alongside his mother RedSilverFox Thunderbird, Renee Sanders, RedTail Hawk’s passion and mission is to educate the public on the omitted history of the brown and dark-skinned Indigenous peoples of the Americas, particularly those of the southeastern portions of the United States.