Wednesday, February 27, 2008

NAMAPAHH First People's Radio: 2-28-08: Artist-Musician-Poet Spotlight: 2008 Grammy Award winner Robert Mirabal!


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2-28-08: Artist-Musician-Poet Spotlight:

Interview with 2008 Grammy Award winner Robert Mirabal
(for Best Native American album of the Year!)


Robert Mirabal Bio:

Robert Mirabal is a Native American flute player and recording artist from Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. His flutes are world-renowned and have been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. An award-winning musician and leading proponent of world music, Mirabal performs worldwide, sharing flute songs, tribal rock, dance, and storytelling.

Mirabal has twice been named Native American Music Awards' Artist of the Year, and received the Songwriter of the Year award three times. He was featured in Grammy Award-winning album, Sacred Ground-a Tribute to Mother Earth in 2006 for Best Native American Music Album. He has recently also won 2007 "Best Male Artist" of the Year from the NAMMY's.

Raised traditionally by his mother and grandparents on Taos Pueblo, Mirabal spoke Tiwa at home and began making flutes at the age of 19. In school, he had learned how to play clarinet, saxophone, piano, and drums, but found his true musical voice in the traditional Native American flute. He met the renowned Native American flute player R. Carlos Nakai as a young man and was greatly inspired by him.

In the late '80s he moved to New York City, playing in a multicultural band made up of a Senegalese guitarist, a Cape Verdean drummer and Haitian keyboardist. There, Mirabal immersed himself in the sound of hip-hop, funk and R&B, which would inform his later trademark music. He recorded an independent debut album in 1988, and went on to land contract with Warner Western and later, Silver Wave Records. His first projects were generally focused on traditional music consisting of Native American flute and percussion.

One of his early albums, Land was composed for Japanese avant-garde modern dancers Eiko and Koma, who choreographed a dance inspired by their impressions of the land around Taos. Cedar and clay flutes, percussion, rattles, and traditional vocals were used throughout the album. The acclaimed performance toured Europe and the U.S. and in 1992, Mirabal won New York's Dance and Performance "Bessie Award" for the score.

Mirabal also published a book of storytelling poetry and prose in 1994 entitled Skeletons of a Bridge and is currently writing a second book, Running Alone in Photographs. Aside from his artistic talents, Mirabal is a father, farmer and horseman living in Taos Pueblo and participating in the traditional ways and rituals of his people.

In 1996, Mirabal collaborated with Grammy Award-winning Native American singer-songwriter Bill Miller on an album Native Suite-Chants: Dances and the Remembered Earth. The project was both experimental and traditional, featuring flute and percussion as well as Mohican pow-wow singing.

Mirabal came to greater national prominence during his performance in the 1998 PBS musical dance production, Spirit :A Journey in Dance, Drum, and Song, for which he composed the soundtrack for traditional flute and percussion. Due to the popularity of the program, the network went on to produce a music/dance program centered entirely on Mirabal and his traditional/rock fusion music entitled Music from a Painted Cave. The program and its corresponding CD release were enthusiastically received by mainstream audiences and became a benchmark World Music album. He also collaborated with John Tesh for the acclaimed PBS One World TV special for the millennium in 2000, which showcased music from around the world.

In 2006, Mirabal launched his own record label, Star Road Records, and has released two CDs in the first year; Pueblo Christmas, a dozen classic Christmas Carols arranged for Native flute and cello; and In the Blood, a wholly unique mix of Native Roots, rock and Americana recently awarded "Best International Album" at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.

Most recently, Robert won the 2008 GRAMMY Award for Best Native American album of the Year.

Robert will publish his first novel, "Running Alone in Photographs" this Spring.

Learn more at

Andrew Flack
Management for Robert Mirabal
Taos, NM

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-----Original Message-----
From: wsdp
Sent: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 12:47 am
Subject: FW: Update on the "Longest Walk 2".


Cross-country walkers say they were confronted at sacred site
American Indians ask for understanding of their traditions, respect
By F.T. Norton
Feb. 19, 2008

In the seventh day of a cross-country walk to protect sacred American Indian sites, a group of walkers prayed near the Washoe Tribe's sacred Cave Rock in Lake Tahoe on Monday morning. The prayer was interrupted by fishermen who wanted to use the dock, said Jimbo Simmons.

"They came down saying how they paid for this dock and how long were we going to be there, and who do we think that we are to stand there and pray," Simmons recalled. "That was just a lack of respect. What we would like is respect."

About 80 American Indians and others sympathetic to the plight left Alcatraz Island in San Francisco on Feb. 11 to embark on a 3,600-mile journey on foot to Washington, D.C. Expected to take five months, the Longest Walk 2 is to commemorate a march that was completed 30 years ago and to bring awareness to the environment and support the preservation of American Indian sacred sites.

Simmons took part in that first walk when he was 22. Today, he is a coordinator for the event.

This group walking the northern route arrived in Northern Nevada on Sunday night and walked from south Carson City to the Carson Colony on Monday morning. After taking part in a powwow and spending the night at the gymnasium there, they leave this morning to continue their trek to Silver Springs. On Wednesday, they move on to Fallon, eventually reaching Utah between March 1 and 3. The walkers expect to hit Colorado on March 14 and Kansas on April 8. And before their final destination in the nation's capital on July 11, they'll visit Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The southern route walkers also left Alcatraz on Feb. 11 and will make their way through Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia.

Willie Lonewolf of Oakland intends to walk the whole route.

"I'm dedicating this walk to my ancestors," said the drum keeper and singer. "We need to be aware of what's going on in America."

Tony Bautista of Sacramento is not walking any farther than Carson City. Life gets in the way sometimes, Bautista said, and he only had enough time to make the California-to-Nevada trek.

But he felt so strongly about the message that the walk conveys, he needed to take part.

"A lot of the Native American sites are getting exploited, and that's what a big part of this walk is about, but it's also about sacred sites from around the world," he said, noting one of the walkers is a Japanese Buddhist monk who came to the United States specifically for the event.

Bautista said anyone can take part, even if they just walk a short distance. If you care enough about the mission, walking just a few blocks is enough, he said.

"Yesterday when we were in Tahoe, there might have been 50 people walking. Today, the children from around here walked with us; there were at least 20 children around us," he said.

A mobile, solar-powered, Web-streaming radio station is going along with the north route walkers. They Webcast live daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at

According to the Web site, the purpose of the northern route is to carry the message from the Longest Walk of 1978: "The Longest Walk is an Indian spiritual walk, a historical walk; and it is a walk for educational awareness to the American and the world communities about the concerns of American Indian people. This route will carry the message of renewing the spirit by walking in the footsteps of our ancestors."

Visit site for further information & how you can get involved at:

Listen to The Longest Walk 2 live at:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Check schedules for time changes)

And Brenda Norrell is doing a great job of covering the Walk:

A Nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground, then it is done. No matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons.

Best regards,
Twila Pennington



H.R. 2824 was introduced June 21, 2007 by Congresswoman Diane Watson. This bill proposes "to sever the United States' government relations with the Cherokee Nation".

"Sovereignty cannot be bartered for reparations". tp

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Friday March 28th Dinner @ 5pm followed by Coastal Gathering
Saturday March 29th Brunch @ 10am, Grand Entry @ 1pm/7pm
Sunday March 30th Grand Entry @ 1pm

Host Drums White Lodge, Mandaree , ND
Porcupine Singers, Porcupine, SD

MC Antone George

Arena Director Steve Old Coyote

Head Man Dancer Larry Cordier

Head Lady Dancer Alexis George
Suquamish Tribal Gym

15838 Sandy Hook Rd.

Poulsbo, WA 98370

Pow Wow Information James Old Coyote (360)394-8509

Trisha Price (360)394-8573 tprice@suquamish.

Vendor Information Ed Midkiff (360)434-4780 midkiff2@wavecable. com
*Tribal Preference for all vendors*

Jeff Smith
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2. Tobacco related grants for organizations that serve Women and Famil
Posted by: "Harvest McCampbell" harvest95546
Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:34 am (PST)
Source: American Legacy Foundation
Program: Circle of Friends Small Grants Program
Eligibility: Funding is available only to state or local political
subdivisions and legally constituted tax-exempt 501(c)(3)
organizations based in the 46 states, the District of Columbia, and
five territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands,
Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) An Indian reservation, Indian
tribe, or tribal organization located within the 46 settling states or
a non-governmental entity that serves such a reservation may also
apply for funding.

Purpose: Reduce and prevent the toll tobacco takes on women and
families in the United States. Legacy anticipates that grants awarded
through the Circle of Friends Small Grants Program will:

* Engage organizations not traditionally involved in tobacco control;
* Assist women in quitting smoking more easily and stay smoke free; *
Help women ease the emotional hardship involved in smoking cessation;
* Empower non-smokers to better understand the emotional and practical
support the women they care about need to quit smoking; and * Address
the beliefs and concerns that encourage women to start smoking.

Name: Circle of Friends Small Grant Program
Deadline: N/A
Maximum Award: $50K
Number Of Awards: N/A
Period: 12 months

More Information: American Legacy Foundation 1001 G Street, NW, Suite
800 Washington, DC 20001

202-454-5555 phone 202-454-5599 fax 1-800-4-A-LEGACY
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Houston, TX - for immediate release

A first-ever gathering of American Indian Nations featuring a trans-global conference of tribal leaders to be held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, on August 20-23 has been announced by the Native American Chamber of Commerce in Houston. Some 3,000 Indians from the U.S and Canada are expected to celebrate this event in dance, song, sports, food and golf.

The four-day event will feature prominent leaders and native celebrities from many of the 565 Indian Nations recognized by the federal government, as well as many from Canada and the Americas.

Major U.S. firms practicing social responsibility and supporting diversity, such as Lockheed Martin, Wal-Mart, IBM, Marathon Oil, UPS and BNSF are among the dozens of U.S. Corporations signed up to sponsor the event. All proceeds less expenses will go to education and native achievement centers.

In what may also be a first for the Native American, the inaugural day of the event will feature presidential candidates invited to speak about their positions regarding native sovereignty and rights at a formal dinner for tribal leaders and prime sponsors.

"Given the many challenges facing the American Indian and Alaskan Native today - unemployment, poverty, education, housing, contaminated lands - it will be important for our next president to clearly speak to an agenda which will address these needs," said Carroll Cocchia, Chamber President.

In the following days, the Indian pageant will feature a special day for native business people and entrepreneurs to do what Indians have done from time immemorial - trade. A third day will feature native skateboarding. A final day showcases a huge selection of Native dancers, drummers, story tellers, artists, craftsmen and native foods to celebrate the depth and breadth of the Indian culture.

Inquiries can be addressed by email to Carroll Cocchia: