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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


October 4, 2003 - Issue 97


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Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards

Press Release

The Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards will be held Saturday, November 15th, 2003 at the Isleta Casino Resort Showroom in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tickets are on-sale now through & and will be priced at $25.00, $50.00 and $100.00 for special VIP Tickets, which provide preferred seating and admittance into the post show VIP Party at Isleta's Tiwa Steakhouse.

Since 1999, the Native American Music Awards has previously held threehighly successful Awards ceremonies in Albuquerque including at the Popejoy Hall and the Sandia Casino's outdoor amphitheater.

Isleta Pueblo Governor Alvino Lucero, states," It's an honor and privilege to host an event of this magnitude here at Isleta Casino Resort and the Pueblo Isleta. The national recognition of hosting such an event is an example of how Native American Music is now being recognized around the world and is a true statement for Native American entrepreneurship across the country."

Over 145 national music recordings were submitted for nomination consideration for the Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards making this year's tally a new record high for the organization's six-year history. Nominee submissions were made by the Native American Music Awards (NAMA) Advisory/Industry membership. Eligible recordings must have been commercially released from April 1, 2002 thru March 31, 2003 and have national distribution by a domestic record company and/or an authorized distributor. Winners of the Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards will be determined through national membership mail-in
ballots and a national voting campaign open to the general public at

The Native American Music Awards has been acclaimed for its professionalism and production qualities in such national media as; USA Today, Associated Press, CNN, Wall Street Journal, and the NY Times. Artists are recognized and honored for their outstanding music contributions in a diverse range of 30 traditional and contemporary music categories. Previous honorees have included; Crystal Gayle, Bill Miller, Joanne Shenandoah, R. Carlos Nakai, Robert Mirabal, Indigenous, Litefoot, Robbie Robertson, Rita Coolidge, Tom
Bee, John Trudell, the Navajo Codetalkers (Living Legend), the late Jimi Hendrix and Hank Williams, and Notah Begaye III (Thorpe Sports Award).

The Native American Music organization has also presented special annual music festivals, established the nation¹s largest Native American music archive (, helped create a Native Music category in the Grammys, and provided local Native youth with professional training

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