Salamanca, New York - On Friday, November 14th, at 7:00PM EST, the Fifteenth Annual Native American Music Awards (N.A.M.A.) will be streamed live on the home page of First Nations Experience, or FNX-TV at www.fnx.org. FNX-TV will also be broadcasting the awards show at 8PM EST on their nationwide channel on Thanksgiving Day.

Trials and tribulations can either break a person into becoming a desperate disheartened soul or forge a person into a positive healing light for others.  Tony Redhouse is the latter, he rose not only to embrace his mixed heritage, but also to overcome his addiction to drugs and alcohol and now uses those positive changes in his life to help others who are challenged with their own life trials.

Tony is of Navajo and Filipino origin and feels that being born of a Navajo Indian father and Filipino mother has given him an advantage in life; both bloodlines come from strength and endurance.  

The Gathering of Nations PowWow is a two-day and night experience where people, both Indian and non-Indian, can come and, for a short while, enter into a world where dance and song can enlighten the mind and fill the heart with happiness.

Held annually at the University of New Mexico "The Pit" in Albuquerque, The Gathering of Nations PowWow starts off Saturday evening with the Grand Entry during which a young Native American Woman will be crowned Miss Indian World.  She will represent all of Native America and Indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador.

Most of the time living in America is a blessed thing, however, sometimes, gems such as Canadian Country artist, Shane Yellowbird, get discovered by us in the lower 48 a little bit later.

"What A Beautiful Concept" is the song that made my ears perk up not only to the richness of Yellowbird's voice, but also to his down to earth very relateable lyrics.

Big City Indians, formed in 1997, mixes contemporary roots music, rock, pop and folk with Native American sound which they describe as "Native Indian Power Groove".

The Band's unique emotional energetic mixture of a touch of rock´n roll, of roots, fusion, blues and solid songwriting attracted the attention of the Music Industry resulting in the receipt of Native American Music Awards - "Best Native Heart" recording in 2010 for the Band's album "Tribal Vision" and in 2011 for the solo release "The Call Of The Canyons".  They were also recognized with the Silver Arrow Award for outstanding contribution to the Native American Music Industry in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And they were awarded Group of the Year at the 14th Annual Native American Music Awards May 10th, 2013.

While listening to "Hostiles & Renegades" my fingers begin typing, my feet tapping and my head bobbing to the beat. As my ears tune in to his music, I notice that even though Gary Small's guitar mastery is reminiscent of Carlos Santana, his music is uniquely his own. There are definite undertones of his Northern Cheyenne heritage flowing through the beats and guitar licks.

Small was raised on the reservation in the beautiful hillsides of Montana and Wyoming playing in the rolling green meadows as a child. http://www.cheyennenation.com/index.html

Jana Mashonee, Lumbee and Tuscarora, has been nominated by the Native American Music Awards for Artist of the Year, Best Pop Recording, and Song/Single of the Year for "Stay With Me Baby" (2012).

Jana -- a singer, songwriter, actress, author and philanthropist originally from Robeson County, North Carolina, found initial success with chart-topping club hits like "More Than LIfe" and her creative rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven"

The Native American Music Awards (N.A.M.A.) began in 1998 as a grass roots initiative among music industry professionals and record labels to not only prove that there was a viable and professional mainstream  industry, but also to give Native Youth on reservations the needed inspiration and opportunities to pursue a professional career and garner greater exposure.

Members from those record labels (Canyon, SOAR, Silverwave, Machoche', Turtle Island, Sweetgrass, Sunshine and others); their artists, various communities and tribal radio stations and media personnel served as N.A.M.A's first Advisory Board membership.