Commemorate National Native American Heritage Month | Biden News


Mon, 31 Oct 2022 at 10:40 am

Saturday, November 19, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls

√ Oren Lyons will be honored with the Living Legend Award

√ Shalamar will be inducted into the Mickey Free Hall of Fame

√ The first event after the pandemic

Logo courtesy of Native American Music Awards


The Native American Music Awards are back and ready to celebrate and honor their most powerful voices, as well as commemorate National Native American Heritage Month on Saturday, November 19, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls. This will be the organization’s 20th awards event and the first since the pandemic.

The event will be hosted by actor Robert Mesa (Navajo/Soboba), who recently played James Chee, the first indigenous doctor on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

A press release explained, “The awards will proudly recognize and honor Oren Lyon as a living legend. Oren, who is 92, is the faith keeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation. She is an artist, speaker, author and environmental activist for indigenous peoples worldwide, and holds the title Wisdom Keeper. He has advocated for the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples at the United Nations and has addressed the United Nations General Assembly. He is an All-American Lacrosse Hall of Famer and Honorary Chairman of the Haudenosaunee Nationals Lacrosse Program.

“This year’s Hall of Fame inductee is Mickey Free, a Grammy Award winner and multiple Native American Music Award winner of Comanche and Cherokee descent. Originally discovered and managed by Gene Simmons of KISS, Mickey was the guitarist for R&B sensation Shalamar, who boasted mega platinum hits like ‘Dancing in the Sheets’ from the ‘Footloose’ movie soundtrack and won a Grammy for ‘Don’t’ Stopped in Beverly Hills from the ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ soundtrack. Mickey is currently on tour in support of his latest album ‘Turquoise Blue’, featuring members of The Santana Band, Billy Idol’s Steve Stevens and Gary Clark Jr.

“Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Paul LaRoche and Robert Tree Cody of Brule/AIRO. Paul LaRoche is a founding member of Brule, the epic Native American rock show. Brule has won eight Native American Music Awards, released 20 CDs and sold over 1 million CDs worldwide. Robert Tree Cody is a five-time Native American Music Award winner, and multi-talented fiddler, singer, dancer, actor and educator. He has released 13 albums and is the adopted son of Hollywood actor Iron Ice Cody.

This year’s awards show celebrates and showcases a wealth of talent and the release of full-length albums, single recordings and music videos

Featured performers include multiple nominees Antoine Edwards Jr., Cody Blackbird, Earl Slick & the Fabulous Ripcords, Fawn Wood, Gunner Jules, Spar Poirier, Stan Jody and The Hallucy Nation. Guest nominees include Ava Rose, Blanca Iris Acuna, Blue Flamez, Blue Mountain Tribe, Crazy Flute, Darren Thompson, Dr. April Lea Go Forth, Faran Sohappy, Gera & TM Clark, JUQ, Julian Taylor, Kelly Derrickson, Kelly Montijo Fink, Irv Lyons Jr., Melody McArthur, Raven Flyinghorse, Sandra Sutter, Savelle The Native, The Johnnys, Shibastik, Shiloh Ashley , Tess Remy-Schumacher, Twice As Good, Two Shields, and Yvonne St. Germaine.”

Organizers also announced a new partnership with the BMI Foundation to create a career grant for a Native American songwriter or composer. To be known as the BMI Foundation Rising Star Awards, this new program will honor a music producer in the Rising Star category for emerging and promising artists. The recipient of this award will receive a $2,500 career grant.

The Native American Music Awards was originally formed in 1998 as a national organization committed to traditional and contemporary Native American music. Nominations for the annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) reflect the highest quality of recordings by music producers across North America and are selected by a combined vote of a national advisory board member committee.

“From grief and celebration to defenders and protestors, this year’s nominees embrace the many issues facing indigenous communities today, including missing and murdered indigenous women, land restitution, climate crises and devastating epidemics,” the press release said.

Tickets to the awards show are available at

Voting for the Native American Music Awards is open to the general public until midnight on Friday, November 18 at All winners will be announced live at the event.


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