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News From Indian Country

The fifteenth Native American Music Awards (the NAMMYS) once again honoured the best in aboriginal music while showcasing the wide diversity and depth of talent among the nation's indigenous performing artists.
 
A new documentary film on the story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, the first Native American alumnus of the University of Illinois, will debut Nov. 3 at 8:30 p.m. (CST) on the Big Ten Network. “Carlos Montezuma: Changing is Not Vanishing” was produced by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
By Nick Vander Puy
Photos by DKakkak
Moore Park Road, Iron County, WI
 
Congress approves updated Native American Veteran’ Memorial Amendments Act of 2013

By Stephen Bowers (ICC)

In early December of 2013, the United States Congress approved the Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2013 which provides for a veteran statue to be placed on the grounds of the National Museum of American Indians (NMAI). 
 
By DIRK LAMMERS
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP)

The FBI says a black civil rights activist was killed during the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, and it suspects militant members of the American Indian Movement are responsible, according to recently released documents.

The hundreds of pages of reports provided to Buffalo, N.Y., attorney Michael Kuzma and shared with The Associated Press recently shed new light on the 40-year-old case of Ray Robinson, an activist and follower of Martin Luther King Jr. But the documents fall short of pinpointing where Robinson was buried and do little to fulfill his family’s wish to have the remains brought home to Detroit.
 
U.S. Viewers can watch Empire of Dirt during NUHO online film festival Thursday 2/27 for $1.99   Gemini-nominated actress and Producer Jennifer Podemski, best known for her roles in Bruce McDonald’s acclaimed feature film Dance Me Outside, CBC’s The Rez and Degrassi: The Next Generation, has recently produced “Empire of Dirt” about a Canadian First Nations dysfunctional family of women.
 
By Gene Lehmann BYNG, Oklahoma (Chickasaw Nation)

There definitely is something about Merry

Rev. Howard and Mrs. Lorena Baker knew their daughter would be born at Christmastime. When she did arrive, on December 20, 1950, they christened her Merry Carol.
 
New York, NY (ICC)
Native American Music Awards & Association Founder and CEO, Ellen Bello, has recently contributed to a book entited, Wild Success: The Endangered Species Act at 40, celebrating 40 years of the Act and published by the Endangered Species Coalition. Never before has such a wide range of authors written together about protecting threatened and endangered wildlife.