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OBSERVING WOMENS HISTORY MONTH
JOY HARJO is the First Native American to hold the honor of U.S. Poet Laureate and was awarded Best Female Artist by the Native American Music Awards.
March is Women's History Month and we are highlighting the contributions of some of the most influential Native American women of our time. Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States and is the first Native American to hold that honor. In 2009, Joy Harjo won Best Female Artist at the Native American Music Awards and performed live with her saxophone at the inaugural awards ceremony in 1998. Her newest album, Pray for My Enemies, is set for release this March 5, 2021. As a musician and performer, she has produced six award winning albums. She is also The author of nine books of poetry, and her many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award. She currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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“All the professionalism and production values of much larger events like the Grammy Awards and the American Music Awards" ”
— American Federation of Radio Television Artists (AFTRA)
“Native America is a culture and a people deeply stemmed and intertwined in music since the onset of their existence. We have a song for every aspect of life; ceremonials, sports and dance to courting, birth and death. We have survived incredible oppression and challenges. Today, we celebrate our survival through music and dance."
COVID 19 UPDATE:
Given the amount of time, preparation, travel and pre-production work that is required to present our annual awards program, coupled by our industry's uncertainty, we unfortunately had to cancel our 20th Annual Awards Show which was originally planned for November 2020.
We look forward to remaining the world's leading resource for contemporary and traditional Native American music initiatives by promoting and sharing your creative contributions with a global audience. Thank you to all our music makers and tradition keepers.
Stay healthy and safe! We plan to produce a virtual program this year.
The Native American Music Awards & Association
Congratulations to musician Pete Sands (on right in both pictures), musician, activist and member of the Navajo Nation is among Time Magazine's Guardians of the Year along with Dr. Fauci and the Frontline workers. Sands is being recognized for his tremendous work helping the Navajo Nation during the pandemic. He created the Utah Navajo Health System’s COVID-19 Relief effort that has delivered food, firewood and water to thousands throughout the Navajo Reservation in Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.
In the U.S., Native American communities, have the highest risk for both infection and hospitalization than among any other group in the country. “There was just something that kind of spoke inside all of us saying, ‘This is going to come here,’” he said. By May, the Navajo Nation had surpassed New York for the highest case rate in the country. Sands and the clinic established pop-up testing sites and in collaboration with the Mormon church, the Utah Trucking Association, the produce company SunTerra and others, he provided food and firewood through deliveries to rural residents and curbside pickups, where cars lined up for miles as residents waited their turns. For more visit: https://time.com/guardians-of-the-year-2020-anthony-fauci-frontline-health-workers/
A message from elder Saginaw Grant
"This isolation is temporary for most, but for many elders what you are now experiencing is the norm. It is human nature to come together in times of crisis, but this time we are having to stay apart for the health and safety of one another. Take this opportunity to get to know yourself and what’s important. Take this time to reflect on God’s purpose for you. Check on others and let them know you care. Take a moment to find the beauty in a negative situation...spend extra time with someone and let them know they’re loved. Recognize the opportunities you have in every situation, know that your choices in a crisis define who you are, let this define you in a positive light." -
Saginaw Grant, NAMA Living Legend
CELEBRATING A BIGGER WIN IN THE BATTLE OF MMIW WITH NAMA'S BEST FEMALE ARTIST SHANTEL D. HAYNES
Winner of Best Female Artist Shon Denay, whose actual name is Shantel D. Haynes announced that parole for the man who murdered her pregnant mother, Debra Black Crow, was reversed by California Governor Gavin Newsom. For two and a half decades Shantel (Shon Denay) fought tirelessly to keep her mother's killer behind bars. She is now an inspiration for many family members of #MMIW. We celebrate Shantel's strength and resilience. Her story will be featured in a Warner Bros podcast, True Crime, and she is featured in a story by Darren Thompson in Native News Online: .