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NAMA TO Honor Chief Jim Billie

NEW YORK - Chief Jim Billie of the Seminole Tribe of Florida will receive the Native American Music Association (NAMA) Living Legend Award at the Second Annual Nammy Music Awards, November 6, at the Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Seminole Tribune has learned.

Billie, Sound of America Records (SOAR) founder Tom Bee, the late country music legend Hank Williams and the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team will receive special awards at the ceremony, nicknamed the Nammys.

Chief Billie has also been nominated for several other musical awards which will be announced that nigh. The Living Legend Award great contributions to the Native American community and culture through music.

The Native American Music Awards is proud to recognize Chief Jim Billie’s musical works including, Old Ways and Alligator Tales, and his merits as a tribal Chief who is preserving and maintaining the musical history and heritage of his people, said NAMA founder Ellen Bello.

Teaming up with critically acclaimed musician/ producer John McEuen with vocal contributions by Grammy/Oscar award winning artist, Jennifer Warnes, Chief Jim Billie successfully combines influences from both the North and South with his own songs and Seminole legends.

SOAR President Bee (Dakota) a founder of the 1970s rock group, XIT, will receive NAMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hank Williams (Creek/Cherokee) will be inducted into the NAMA Hall of Fame and honored with a special tribute performance by his grandson, Hank Williams III.

This year’s NAMA Jim Thorpe Sports Award recipient will be the Iroquois lacrosse team currently ranked #3 in the world.

Featured guest presenters include: Rita Coolidge, John Densmore (The Doors), Jackson Browne, Wes Studi, Jennifer Warnes, Miss Indian World, John Trudell, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many more.

Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased through PROTIX at 800 905-3315. Tickets are priced at $25 and $40. Special Travel Discounts are available through Colonial Travel 800-475-1646.

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