Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Native American Music Awards & Association
JANUARY  2010                                                                                            Volume 12

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New 2010 NAMA Membership Application & 12th Annual Nammys Nomination Submission Form Now Available

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new 2010 NAMA Membership Applications & 12th Annual Nammys Nomination Submission Forms are now available on the Awards website.  Please use this application to register as a national Advisory Member of the Native American Music Awards to submit eligible recordings for nomination consideration for the Twelfth Annual Native American Music Awards. The annual Advisory Board membership fee is $100.00.  Any Advisory Board member can sponsor and/or submit any recording for nomination consideration. All recordings released, rereleased and/or manufactured after January 1, 2009 and before January 31, 2010 will be accepted. All eligible recordings must be available for purchase by the general public. Please enclose Four (4) copies of each recording you are submitting for nomination consideration. As a member, you are entitled to submit one full-length CD or DVD recording for nomination consideration free with your membership and an unlimited amount of full-length CD or DVD recordings thereafter which are subject to a $25.00 entry/administration fee per recording. This fee is not based on a per category submission. You may enter a CD or DVD for an unlimited amount of categories. You may enter each recording into as many categories that are deemed appropriate. No recordings should be entered into more than one music genre category, i.g, Best Pop and Best Country. There is no limit on the number of recordings you can submit. You must be a registered member in order to submit recordings for nomination consideration. 

Artists Donate Tracks For New Music Download Page
To Benefit Children of Haiti & Pine Ridge

First initiated by the kindness and generosity of NAMA Artist of the Year, Jan Michael Looking Wolf and CEO of Spirit Wind Records, Donald Blackfox who donated their music tracks to assist the Native American Music Association's  501(c)(3) non profit programs, our NEW Music Download page has just been launched and continues to expand. That same spirit of generousity and compassion is now being shared among other leading music makers, nominees, and Native American Music Award winners who have also offered to graciously donate their gift of song for a special cause. Featured artists include: Jonny Lipford, Backyard Blues Band, Jeff Ball, Dail Martin, Michael Bucher, Apryl Allen, Scott Tweedie, NAMA's own Marco Capelli, Nadjiwan, Sacred Winds, Jack Gladstone, Thunder Hawk Singers, Story Tellers, Richard Soaring Owl, Jan Michael Looking Wolf,  Arvel Bird, Jana Mashonee, Michael Longrider, Chris Ferree, Joseph Firecrow, JJ Kent, Evren Ozan, Ken Quiet Hawk, Michael DeMaria, Jamie Coon, Mike Serna and NightShield among others.  All the featured artists have agreed to donate all proceeds from these 99 cent downloads which will directly contribute to; Helping the Orphans & Children of Haiti and Providing Emergency Winter Heat for children on the Pine Ridge Reservation. All proceeds will be helping the orphans & children of Haiti through a combined program with Save The Children, an organization that has remained in Haiti for over 22 years, as well as the Association's program, Put The Heat On! which provides emergency Winter heat for families with infants & young children on the Pine Ridge Reservation. We would like to express our sincerest appreciation and thanks to all of these artists for their generousity, compassion and kindness. Any Artist interested in contributing and donating a song to Help Haiti or Put the Heat On! are welcome to join. Just send your MP3 to 

Artist of the Year Jan Michael Looking Wolf Engaging in National Drug & Alcohol Prevention Project for Reservation Youth with his new CD Breakin Free

    Jan Michael Looking Wolf Breakin' Free 

NAMMYS Artist of the Year Jan Michael Looking Wolf is engaging in a National Drug & Alcohol Prevention Project for Reservation Youth with his new CD, "Breakin Free".  Jan Michael Looking Wolf is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and resides close to his reservation in Western Oregon. He is a Kalapuya Native with Celtic decent who is committed to the path of the native flute.  Looking Wolf has become an accomplished Native Recording Artist with 16 CDs and 2 DVDs recorded on various Indie Record Labels  and has earned 39 national award and nomination recognitions. Most recently, Jan Michael won the prestigious "Artist of the Year" Award at the 2009 Native American Music Awards. He also won for NAMMY Flutist of the Year in 2008. His prior work ranges from Solo Flute, blues, jazz, classical, to Indie Rock with a full band. In 2007, the CD, Spreading Wings, climbed to no. 10 on the New Age Charts. His newest release entitled, Breakin' Free, on Spirit Wind Records, is an edgy rock recording with vocals and some hard hitting instrumental tracks with his characteristically native flute solos. The release of  Breakin' Free is central to a project Jan Michael Looking Wolf is now spearheading as a national outreach effort to native youth for Drug and Alcohol Prevention. Copies and posters with an anti-drug abuse message will be distributed to every tribal nation in early 2010. A Free Download of the title track song is available exclusively to NAMA members. See the code below.

Redbone's Tony Bellamy Passes at Age 63

Tony Bellamy with Eagle & Hawk

Tony Bellamy of Redbone, an N.A.M.A. Hall of Famer passed away on Christmas morning at the age of 63 in Las Vegas, Nevada with his family by his side. Anthony, or Tony "T-Bone" Bellamy and Redbone were inducted into the N.A.M.A. Hall of Fame 2008.  Tony was a Mexican-American Yaqui Indian who became the lead guitarist, pianist and vocalist for the Native American band. Redbone became established as a Native American rock group in the 1970s. They reached the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1974 with the hit song, "Come and Get Your Love." Originally formed in 1969 in Los Angeles, California, the band consisted of Patrick Vasquez, Lolly Vasquez, drummer Pete DePoe and Anthony "Tony" Bellamy. The group signed to Epic Records in 1969, and released their debut album, Redbone, in 1970. The follow-up album, Potlatch, featured the song "Alcatraz," which dealt with the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island. Their first commercially successful singles were, "Maggie," and "Witch Queen of New Orleans" (1971) which also became a huge hit in the United Kingdom. In 1973, Redbone released the political, "We Were All Wounded at Wounded Knee" which reached the #1 chart position in Europe. By 1974, Redbone had reached the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts with "Come and Get Your Love". The Pop/Funk/Disco song was certified Gold by the R.I.A.A for selling over one million copies and is still heard today on radio stations and commercials throughout the country. Born as Anthony Avila on September 12 1946 to parents James and Olga Bellamy, Tony Bellamy died at age 63. He has five siblings. It was originally reported that Tony was born in 1940 and was 69 years of age, but it was later corrected as 1946 and Bellamy passed at the age of 63. Bellamy's family confirmed that Tony originally used a birth year of 1940 so that he could legally play in the clubs.

Put The Heat On! 2010 Campaign Launch

Christmas Day On Pine Ridge

PUT THE HEAT ON! Winter Aid Relief Effort - Following a record breaking blizzard last year that knocked out power and created expotential life threatening situations on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, The Native American Music Association launched a Call To Action and created a  Winter Aid Relief Program, entitled, Put The Heat On!.  The Program raised over $15,000 in funds and directly purchased emergency propane and electric heat for families who had no heat.  This past December 22, 2009, the Governor of South Dakota ordered the state Emergency Operations Center opened because of a major winter storm that pounded South Dakota. On December 29, 2009, Oglala Sioux Tribe President Theresa Two Bulls declared a State of Emergency for the Pine Ridge Indian Agency Reservation due to severe winter weather. A Christmas Day snow storm dumped 36 inches of snow on the reservation, and along with high winds caused blizzard conditions throughout the reservation. Roads leading up residences were blocked, children were prevented from getting to school and families from getting to stores to purchase food, fuel and other necessities. Sick or disabled residents, cannot get to the Indian Health Service Hospital or clinics to receive medical care. This year, the Association has been asked to help over one dozen families with elders and young children in need of emergency heat. It is severely cold on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Winter is harsh, and there are families trying to survive the Winter with NO HEAT in their sub-standard trailer-like home. 100% of all donated funds are tax deductible and go directly to the cause. 

NAMA Gives Santa 100 Brand New Toys
for the Rosebud Rervation

LATEST TOY DRIVE EFFORT - We Helped Santa find Rosebud! Membership donations from our second annual Toy Drive helped provide brand new toys for one hundred needy children on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.  Brand new stuffed Teddy Bears and stick horse toys were purchased and shipped out to Rosebud in early January. A special thank you goes to our donors for their generousity on both our toy drive efforts. The youth population of the Sicangu Oyate (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) spanning from ages 1 thru 18 is 7500. Some of these children can now share in the Holiday spirit thanks to our help.

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