“The Awards show for Native American Entertainment. ”
— Jeopardy TV Game Show
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Native American Music Initiatives !
Founded in early 1998, the Native American Music Awards & Association was born out of a need to provide greater opportunity and recognition for traditional and contemporary Native American musicians.
Our inaugural awards show in May 1998 was the first time a Native owned casino featured an evening of Native American Talent. We have continued to be the first for many things. We were the first to nationally recognize both Link Wray & Jesse Ed Davis into a Hall of Fame. We have received letters of acknowledgement from former Presidents and proclamations from NYC Mayors. As part of our annual monitoring and research of Native American music recordings, we successfully proposed the first new category for Native American music in the Grammies in 2000 which has since become a Regional Roots music category. We have trained Native American youth in concert events and productions; helped MTV Networks establish a cultural diversity program to recruit Native American employees, educate and entertain employees of parent company, Viacom, placed Native American artists in collaborations with mainstream artists; returned a lost song of the late Apache leader, Geronimo, back to his family and continue to present special music concerts and festivals from Alaska to New York City. We have also launched campaigns for Suicide Prevention Awareness and individual musicians with urgent medical needs.
After twenty two years, the Native American Music Association (NAMA) has grown to become the country’s leading source for preserving and promoting the songs of American Indians from all four directions.
This year will be our twentieth Awards year honoring our songmakers, fostering pride, providing national exposure, and celebrating their gift of music with others around the world. Their personal and professional contributions and the determination and dedication of our volunteer staff lasting, continually creates magical opportunities of Native pride and musical excellence.