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November is Native American Heritage Month

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Tue, Nov 3rd 2015 02:25 pm

The Native American Music Awards & Association reminds readers November is National Native American Heritage Month. 

NAMA's website features a photo gallery titled, "Did You Know They Are Native American" to raise awareness about the contributions made by Native Americans and descendants of Native Americans in the music, entertainment and sports industries. Featured musicians include: Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, BeyoncĂ©, James Brown, Carrie Underwood, The Jackson family, Miley Cyrus, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mike Patton of Faith No More, Anthrax's Joey Belladonna, Testament's Chuck Billie, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlocke and many more.
Other featured actors include: Johnny Depp, Wes Studi, Angelina Jolie, Lou Diamond Philips and Chuck Norris. 

Visit www.NativeAmericanMusicAwards.com to find out their Native American heritage and other musicians, actors and sports figures.

At the inaugural Native American Music Awards, Graceland confirmed Elvis' Native American heritage. His great-great-great-grandmother on his mother's side was reportedly a full-blooded Cherokee Indian named Morning White Dove (1800-35). 

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under various names including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month," have been issued each year since. NAMA has received a letter of acknowledgement from 43rd President George W. Bush and a proclamation from former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg for their efforts.

Founded and incorporated in 1998, The Native American Music Association and The Native American Music Awards remain the world's first and only professional membership-based organization dedicated to music initiatives by Native North Americans and American Indians.

NAMA was established in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) following the debut of the Native American Music Awards in order to promote greater cultural understanding of Native American music and culture to the general public.

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