Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 24, 2001 - Issue 30



And the Winner Was.......


 "Gathering of Nations Pow Wow''

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Native Americans took home their first Grammy Award on Wednesday after a 10-year struggle to get their music recognized as a recording art form.

"Our young Native American kids will have something to shoot for,'' said Douglas Spotted Eagle, who shared a Grammy with Tom Bee for their album anthology of drum music,
"Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.''

Bee said the award will hopefully expose more non-Native Americans to "our music as well.'' He described his music as an eclectic meeting of the rock band Jethro Tull and contemporary jazz saxophonist Kenny G.

On a more serious note, Robbie Robertson, the former leader of legendary rock group The Band, lashed at former president Clinton's failure to pardon Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who is serving a life sentence for his role in the deaths of two FBI agents at South Dakota's Pine Ridge reservation in 1976.

Peltier collaborated with Robertson on his 1998 solo album ''Contact from the Underworld of Redboy.''

"I guess he wasn't Marc Rich enough,'' Robertson said, referring to Clinton's controversial pardon of the fugitive financier, before presenting the Grammy award for the new Native American category.



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