NAMA 11 Submission Deadline March 31st

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The deadline for nomination submission entries for the 11th Annual Native American Music Awards is March 31, 2009. All entries must be postmarked by that date.

Submissions must be made by active Advisory Board members. Nomination submission forms with eligibility information are available on the home page of the Awards’ website, or by following this link for the NAMA 11 Submission FormThis past October, the Native American Music Awards celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Over the past decade, NAMA has become established as the largest single resource for Native American music initiatives throughout the world and acclaimed by the New York Times as, “devoted to bringing indigenous music to the world’s consciousness”. The national awards show is now viewed by an international broadcast audience of over 30 million viewers. We look forward to your joining us in our 11th year!

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The Native American Music Awards would like to extend their sincerest thanks to the staff and artists at Spirit Wind Records who have opted to donate all funds generated by digital downloads of their music on the Awards’ website to the Native American Music Association’s Winter Aid Relief efforts and Christmas Toy Drive programs. Special thanks goes to Donald Blackfox, JJ Kent, Jan Michael Looking Wolf, The Thunder Hawk Singers, The Story Tellers, Sacred Winds, Michael Longrider, Richard Soaring Owl, Dail Martin and Mike Serna.



Following a severe blizzard in South Dakota that dropped 4 feet of snow, 20 foot snowdrifts and knocked out thousands of power lines in November, The Native American Music Association, N.A.M.A., a non profit 501(c)(3) issued a national Call For Action to provide emergency heat, and winter clothing and items for the Elders, infants, children, disabled, and the sick on the Pine Ridge & Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota.

N.A.M.A.’s international audience immediately responded as did support provided by The Tides Foundation, the Forest County Potowatomi Community, the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe who all contributed in helping NAMA achieve it’s targeted goal of raising $15,000.00 in funds which directly purchased and provided emergency heat in the form of propane (150.00 per household) or electric heat ($100.00) per household, for over 100 families with a monthly income of $0 -$1,000.00 living in sub-standard housing on the Pine Ridge reservation.

Following an initial collaboration with the Link Foundation in November and December, N.A.M.A. is now working independently with its own local task force intact to monitor the situation and assist as needed. Despite today’s dismal economy, emergency assistance continues to be provided in the order emergency applications are received or in reported cases of dire or life-threatening situations.

This week brings the first string of warmer tempatures then what has previously prevailed. However, at last report the local electric company claims “thousands are still in need of assistance as it has been a phenomenally cold winter” and many who did not have the money to purchase propane in advance ended up borrowing and/or using electric space heaters and now cannot pay their electric bill.

NAMA’s Winter Aid Relief efforts remain in effect throughout the end of the Winter Season. Donations can be made by mail or by clicking the donate button on the Native American Music Awards’ website, “Special Programs” page. All donations are tax deductible.

NAMA would like to thank all those who have generously contributed in making an immediate impact in this great time of need for the Lakota Sioux community.

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