The Native American Music Awards & Association has published a photo gallery entitled, "Did You Know They Are Native" to raise awareness of the contributions made by Native Americans and descendants of Native Americans in the music, entertainment and sports industries.  As a featured segment which debuted at the First Native American Music Awards, the following is a  list of  nationally recognized musicians, actors and athletes of critical acclaim with confirmed or reported Native American Heritage. Those marked unconfirmed, indicate that both heritage and tribal affiliation are still being  determined.

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According to U.S. Census Bureau in 2013, there were roughly 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives living in the U.S., representing approximately 2% of the U.S. total population.The projected U.S. population of American Indians and Alaska Natives for July 1, 2060 is estimated to reach 11.2 million, constituting approximately 2.7% of the U.S. population by that date.Of this total, about 49 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native only, and about 51 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native in combination with one or more other races. 
Source: 2011-2013 American Community Survey 

11.2 million is the projected population of American Indians and Alaska Natives, alone or in combination, on July 1, 2060. They would comprise 2.7 percent of the total population. 
Source: Population projections

NAMA Board member, Fern Deer Sluder (Kiowa) pictured with Elvis Presley below served as his Technical Advisor in the 1960 movie Flaming Star. In 2001, elder Fern Deer Sluder was appointed Honorary member of the Native American Music Association's Board of Directors and actively participated in the Awards program each year.

Fern was a proud member of the Kiowa Tribe and lived and traveled across the United States and also lived in Germany for a time. She became an award winning beadwork artist like her mother, Edna Hokeah Pauahty. She was most proud of the work she did in California as she was the technical advisor for the movie "Flaming Star" with Elvis Presley in 1960. His character was a half Kiowa man and she taught Elvis and Dolores Del Rio (his mother) to say some Kiowa phrases. In her later life she lived in Albuquerque with her husband Roy Sluder until his death in 1993. She returned to Oklahoma in 2005 as her health began to decline and passed away in 2011.

We miss you Fern!

Did you know Indian Country has its own Elvis? He is CC Murdock, also known as Indian E. CC Murdock is of Shoshoni Timpanogos decent and has performed at the Native American Music Awards and across the country. CC wrote and produced his first Native American Music Award award winning CD for Best Country Recording which was released in the fall of 2010. CC went on to win his second Native American Music Award for Best Video for his performance of "America The Beautiful" dedicated the Wounded Warriors Project. 

However, one of the greatest honors for CC was when he was asked to perform "Go Rest High On That Mountain" to honor the late Russell Means, the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, according to the New York Times. CC performed the song live, which was originally written by Vince Gill, to a sold-out audience in the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center at the Thirteenth annual Native American Music Awards show, in Niagara Falls, New York. 

Watch CC and Indian E live: 



ELVIS PRESLEY'S great-great-great-grandmother, Morning White Dove (1800-1835), reportedly was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. Graceland confirmed Presley's heritage at the inaugural Native American Music Awards. Is this picture her? NOVEMBER IS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH