INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS COME TOGETHER TO HONOR THE WOLF
Native American Music Award winners and nominees have come together to give their gift of song to honor and protect their brother and teacher, the Wolf. Featured artists such as; Jimmy Lee Young & co-writer Davide Buzzi of Switzerland, Austrian-based group Big City Indians, The Gray Wolf Blues Band, Jack Gladstone, Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Painted Raven, Joanne Shenandoah, Joseph FireCrow, Silverwolf, The Plentywolf Singers, Rushingwind and Mucklow, and Cal Silverfox have contributed beautiful and poignant songs for an upcoming CD compilation to benefit Gray Wolves and Wolf conservation centers such as one in New York which NAMA President, Ellen Bello recently visited (http://nywolf.org) and was greeted with howling throughout her visit. The CD will be released in early 2014.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently proposed rules that would remove the gray wolf from the list of endangered and threatened species nationwide, and turnover the ongoing management of wolf populations to local states. The Service will focus instead on protecting the Mexican wolf, an endangered subspecies which the Service has claimed is the only remaining population that needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act.
Environmental groups call the move to nationally delist wolves premature, and claim that stripping protections from wolves will hinder their recovery. They point to states such as Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Wisconsin and Minnesota where delisting wolves has been followed by wolf hunting seasons that have killed more than 1,100 wolves and reduced the national population by 7 percent.
NAMA Founder and President, Ellen Bello recently contributed to an upcoming book celebrating 40 years of the Endangered Species Act, to be published by the Endangered Species Coalition. On November 13th, the Coalition invited Bello to a hosted celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act at the Library of Congress building in Washington, DC, where they showcased the book and honored Endangered Species Act heroes--including Members of Congress and others.
Bello's book contribution reads, "When you look into the eyes of nature, there is an undeniable and inherent sense of strength, beauty, knowledge and skill. Those same senses are clearly honored and expressed by artists in both contemporary and traditional Native American music initiatives. Native American song is integrally linked with our natural surroundings and various animal species. Animals are honored and respected as our teachers, our companions, and our guardians....Wolves have been long regarded as teachers or pathfinders. Wolves are fiercely loyal to their mates and have a strong sense of family....As humans, only we have the ability and power to protect our wildlife from facing extinction." .
Gray Wolves once ranged across the entire North American continent. Today, Native American wolves continue to be endangered.
RUSSELL MEANS WALKS ON
Russell Means lived a life like few others in this century – a true warrior with remarkable bravery and a legacy of strength. The L.A. Times has called him the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. An inspirational visionary, Russell Means will remain one of the most magnetic voices in America. He encompassed tremendous character and ability in multiple mediums on all fronts; whether as a co-founder of A.I.M., leading a protest, fighting for constitutional rights, starring in a motion picture, or performing his "rap-ajo" music through two national recordings, Electric Warrior, released in 1993 and The Radical, released in 2009 which he described as "a Tribal Experience that included all genres of music: classical, country & western rock-n-roll, hard rock, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, jazz and the blues". See NAMA news for more
SON OF 2012 HOST TED NOLAN WINS STANLEY CUP WITH LA KINGS Story courtesy NHL.com
Los Angeles -- There he was, a proud hockey dad on the ice, hugging his kid and searching for more of his family members that were trying to get down to join him. The former coach of the Sabres and Islanders never had this dream of watching his youngest son win the Stanley Cup. But he lived it at the Staples Center. The father of Kings rookie Jordan Nolan celebrated like every other ecstatic father of a Kings player or coach after Los Angeles' Cup-clinching 6-1 win against New Jersey.
Ted Nolan couldn't imagine feeling any better than he did in that moment. "I've been fortunate to do some things in life, but nothing compares to watching your son do it," he said. "I never would have dreamed about this in my life. That was a great feeling, to watch your son go through something like this -- being a parent versus being a coach and walking through it with him. It was a great experience and I'll never forget it." Jordan Nolan told NHL.com, "Having him here is really special. He's a big part of that, so it's definitely great." Ted Nolan still is a coach, most recently leading Latvia at the 2012 IIHF World Championship. He's won 147 games in four seasons as a coach in the NHL.
NAMA TO COMMEMORATE 15th ANNIVERSARY More Details To Be Announced Nomination Submission Forms Now Available Deadline for all Submissions February 1, 2014 Eligible Recording Must Be Released Before November 1st, 2013
The 14th Annual Native American Music Awards was held on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 8 p.m. The Show was sold out with limited seating available. When the upcoming Native American Music Awards resumed on May 10, 2013, it marked the sixth consecutive time the show takes place at Seneca Niagara Events Center. The event featured more than 35 diverse awards categories.
Folk Singer, Woodstock Legend & Blackfoot Indian Richie Havens Dead at age 72
For Immediate Release April 23, 2013
Havens at NAMA Press Conference & Performing Hendrix tribute at the First Awards
New York, NY – Folk singer, activist, and famed opening act at the 1969 Woodstock music festival who was part Blackfoot Indian, Richie Havens, died of a heart attack on April 22, 2013, Earth Day, at the age of 72.
Richie Havens offered his commitment both as a Blackfoot Indian and as a performer at Native American Music Awards. He proclaimed his Native American heritage at the lower Manhattan at a press conference announcing the launch of the Native American Music Awards on April 22, 1998, exactly 15 years ago. He was also asked by the family of the late Jimi Hendrix to perform a musical tribute for Hendrix’s induction into the N.A.M.A. Hall of Fame at the First Awards ceremony held in May 1998 at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino. Havens gave a magical and stellar performance of "All Along The Watchtower" that “catapulted the Awards show into something truly spiritual and spectacular” recalls N.A.M.A. President and Founder, Ellen Bello. His mesmerizing and unforgettable performance included a medley of Hendrix songs.
Havens said his Native American heritage came from his father’s side of the family who came from the Montana and South Dakota area. In an interview with National Public Radio he stated, “They were Blackfoot Indian. They came with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, got off in New York City, and left the show there and ended up on the Shinnecock Reservation in Long Island and moved to Brooklyn. And that’s how my father was born in Brooklyn and how I ended up being born in Brooklyn as well.”
Havens’ Mixed Bag II Cd released in 1974 on his own label, Stormy Forest Productions also hinted at his Blackfoot heritage. The song, “Indian Prayer” celebrates and embraces his Native American roots.
Standing at 6 feet 6 inches, Havens was best known for distinctively intense, rhythmic guitar style and soulful songs. He recorded 30 albums and toured for over 40 years before retiring from the road 3 years ago. Those who have met Havens will remember his gentle and compassionate nature, his light humor and his powerful presence.
He told Billboard Magazine that that his breakthrough at Woodstock came after the opening acts’ equipment got stuck in traffic. He was supposed to be the fifth act. He became the first act and played for three hours. Havens remembered, " They're gonna kill me if I go up on stage first. Give me a break. I need those four people in front of me to warm up the crowd. But the people were great. I was supposed to sing 40 minutes, which I did, and from the side of the stage they go, 'Richie, four more songs?' I went back and did that, then it was, 'Four more songs...' and that kept happening 'til two hours and 45 minutes later I had sung every song I know." He played a galvanizing set that included "Motherless Child" that merged into his song "Freedom," which he said came from “a totally spontaneous place.”
Havens’ Woodstock appearance earned him widespread notoriety and proved to be a major turning point in his career and gave him his highest-charting albums -- "Richard P. Havens, 1983" in 1969 (No. 80 on the Billboard 200) and "Alarm Clock" in 1971 (No. 29).
Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash said Havens was an inspiration for the natural gravel in his singing voice. "He lit fire when he started playing within the first song and burned exactly the same way throughout his set. And it never stopped, it never changed," Stills said.
According to media reports, a public memorial for Havens will be announced at a later date. More information can be found at Havens' official website, www.richiehavens.com. Havens is survived by three daughters, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
CARLOS SANTANA RELEASES NEW CD, SHAPE SHIFTER, DEDICATED TO THE AMERICAN INDIAN
Legendary Mexican and American rock guitarist, Carlos Santana, released his new CD, Shape Shifter, a 13-song all instrumental recording on his new label, Starfaith Records, on May 15th. Shape Shifter is the 36th CD from this superior musician with tremendous notoriety and sensitivity. Carlos is dedicating Shape Shifter to all Native Americans, the first people of this land, and acknowledging Australia's 2008 apology to the Aborigines, and President Obama's signing of the 2009 Native American Apology Resolution. He says, "I encourage any and all countries (that have not as yet done so) to acknowledge the first people of their land, and make this a collective global effort." If you are a radio station and would like to request a copy of Shape Shifter for airplay, or if you would like to sell Shape Shifter in your store or on the pow wow trail, please contact us or email us at NAMAlive@aol.com
Carlos has also been very outspoken against NARAS and the recent dropping of the ethnic Grammy categories including the Native American music category. "You can't eliminate black gospel music or Hawaiian music or American Indian music or Latin jazz music because all this music represents what United States is: a social experiment," he was reported as saying in the Canadian news service, The Providence. The cover art of Shape Shifter was created by famed Comanche artist Rance Hood.
NELLY FURTADO FEATURES CHAMPION HOOP DANCER & NAMA NOMINEE TONY DUNCAN AT THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS AND IN MUSIC VIDEO
After a string of mesmerizing performances at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and in her new music video, "Big Hoops", Award-winning singer-songwriter, Nelly Furtado, will once again feature World Champion Hoop Dancer, Tony Duncan in her live performance at the 2012 Much Music Awards (MMVAs) on June 17th. The 2012 MMVAs will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. ET, on the Much Music channel in Canada and on Fuse in the U.S..
At the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, Nelly Furtado debuted her new single “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)” in a live performance and featured Tony Duncan and his brother Kevin Duncan on stage hoop dancing in traditional regalia. Furtado also performed “Big Hoops” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno where the Duncan brothers hoop danced in black clothing for that appearance. The official music video for “Big Hoops” also features Tony Duncan (Apache/Mandan-Arikara-Hidatsa) with brother Kevin and Tony’s wife Violet Duncan (Plains Cree). Tony Duncan has just released his own solo recording entitled, Earth Warrior (Canyon Records).
A Message From NAMA President Ellen Bello
"Our recordings span from historical initiatives, prison writings of Leonard Peltier, to present day questions for the great Ogalala leader, Crazy Horse, and Native youth speaking louder than ever with their powerful raps about their poignant plights armed with a spirit of undaunted perserverence.
Music productions throughout our 35 categories reflect an impressive and diverse array of talent and soundscapes from all ages and tribal nations throughout the Americas and Europe.
These are the many voices of the original roots music of the Americas and they arrive at their strongest and in record-breaking numbers for all to hear. "
NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
Robbie Robertson & Walela
Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd & Blackfoot
Mickey Hart, Grateful Dead
Mato of Indigenous
The Doors' John Densmore
Janice-Marie & Pat Vegas
KC of KC & the Sunshine Band
Felipe Rose Village People
Jennifer Warnes, Joanne Shenandoah
Tommy Allsup (Buddy Holly) & Mario Ramirez (Ritchie Valens)
Cherokee Children's Choir
Nakai, Clipman, Eaton
Lil SteveLn, Rita Coolidge, John Trudell
Indian E and CC Murdock
Wayquay with Steppin Out Dancers
Frank Waln of Nake Nula Waun
Janice Marie Johnson, Taste of Honey
Wes Studi with 2XG
Jan Michael Looking Wolf
Navajo Code Talkers
Iroquois Post 1587 Legionaires
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