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NAMMYs Live Broadcast Online: Friday, Oct 7, 2011

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NEW YORK -- On Friday, October 7th, at 8:00 PM EST, the Thirteenth Annual Native American Music Awards (N.A.M.A.), will be broadcast live from the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino by media partner, Indigenous Peoples Music & Single Feather Media, who will produce a live video stream of the awards program. All live coverage will be able to be seen and heard on the Native American Music Awards home page, NAMA LIVE.

Broadcast live at the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY, the Thirteenth Annual Native American Music Awards will host over one dozen featured performances and appearances by leading Native American recording artists. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and the Seneca Niagara Casino Box Office. Tickets start at $25.00 and up.

The Awards show will by hosted by legendary ice hockey coach & motivational speaker, Ted Nolan. Featured Performers are; Bill Crouse & The Iroquois Smoke Dancers, Buddy Big Mountain, Dylan Jenet Collins, Edko & The Brotherhood (House Band), Gabriel Ayala, Janice Marie Johnson, Keith Secola, Marc Brown & The Blues Crew, Nokie Edwards, Pipestone and much more.

Special Guest Presenters are: Winona LaDuke, Joanne Shenandoah and attending special guest nominees include; Augustine Frank & Native Thunder, Becky Thomas, Beth Wray Webb, Black Thunder Singers, Bobby Bullet St Germaine, Buggin Malone, CC Murdock, Cody Blackbird, Delsey Thompson, Dorothy Aguilera-Bear, Duane Deemer/Windhorse, Everett Chavez, Frank Anakwad, Frank Montano, Frank Waln, Gary Small, George Blitch, Harvey Arden, Herman Edward, Hudson Dean, J. Teller, Jack Gladstone, James Maracle, Jamie Brace & October Soul, Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Jason Chamakese, Jimmy Lee Young, Joel Johnson, Joseph FireCrow, Josh Halverson, Kashnapi, Kelly Montijo Fink, Kyra Climbingbear, Leanne Goose, Louis Capcha Vilchez, Marco Frucht, Matt Uno Bryant, Mike Gouchie, Muckow & Rushingwind, Peter Sackeney, Randy Granger, Raphael Deas, Rhonda Head, Ron Warren, Rose Fernandez, Rose Yazzie Thomas, Scott Golana Cunningham, Spencer & Doc Batiste, Terry Lee Whetstone, Theresa Bearfox, Wendy Bradshaw, Windspirit Drum

The Awards program will commemorate the month of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information please visit

The Native American Music Awards is the music industry's largest and independent, organization consisting of national members dedicated to Native American music and are directly involved in the creation, marketing, recording, manufacturing and distribution of both contemporary and traditional music initiatives.

Visit the Native American Music Awards Website, to cast your vote for the winners before October 7th! Join voters who are casting their votes from all parts of the world.


Tucson urges release of Dream Act student

Sandra Lopez, deported and thrown on the streets of Nogales, Mexico, and now in detention, describes the terror of being alone and scared, as young girls screamed at night in Nogales.

By Brenda Norrell
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TUCSON -- Tucson community members urged the release from detention of Sandra Lopez, 20 years old, who has lived in Tucson since she was less than one month old. Sandra was deported and thrown onto the streets of Nogales, Mexico, in what turned into a nightmare.
“I heard the screams of the young girls at the hotel,” Sandra told a judge. “I knew I had no choice if I wanted to stay alive but run for my life, up the lanes of traffic back into the United States and plead for help.”
During a press conference today, Tucson community members and Sandra’s father urged President Obama to do the right thing and release Sandra from the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona. Sandra, an honor student and student of the month in high school in Tucson, has been in detention for eight months.
After being deported to the streets of Nogales, everyone tried to take advantage of Sandra. Women on the streets urged her to join them, police officers tried to get her into their car. After five days on the streets of Nogales, alone and scared, she bolted, she ran down the busy lanes of traffic to the US. She wanted to be detained, she wanted to be safe.
Sandra’s father, Humberto Duran, described his daughter, deported and abandoned on the streets of Nogales, Mexico, for five days. She was left there with no place to go.
“She had never been to Mexico; she spent her entire life in the United States. She was just thrown out there and everyone tried to take advantage of her. It was a living hell, it would be a living hell for anyone out there,” Duran said.
“She was scared, had no money and no place to go, and everyone tried to take advantage of her.”
Now, with Sandra imprisoned in Eloy, Arizona, Duran said every parent should be able to feel what he feels now.
“My message to parents out there is that we have to support one another. Life is not always as we expect. Only parents know how difficult it is to be in a situation like this. I’d like to ask for the community’s help.”
Asked about the anxiety of having a daughter in prison, he said, “If anyone has a daughter or son out there, I would gladly get down on my knees and pray to help them out.”
More than 5,000 people have made phone calls and sent e-mails and faxes to ICE Director John Morton. So far, Morton, the Obama Administration and DHS have turned a cold shoulder to the public outcry on Sandra’s behalf.
After Sandra ran for safety back to the US border, Sandra told a judge what happened on the streets of Nogales, Mexico.
“When I got to Nogales, I was really sacred. Strange men began to ask me to come with them; I ran away from them, I thought they were going to kidnap me.”
She saw men bring younger girls to a hotel. “At night I could hear them scream.”
Older women tried to get her to become a sex worker. “I know they wanted me to be a sex worker for them, I said ‘No,’ over and over, but the men with them tried to grab me and I ran away.”
“I asked policemen for help, but they would not help me, they also tried to get me to go with them and I knew I would be raped, I ran away from the policemen, I was so scared and there was nobody there to help me or protect me.”
Sandra said she fears she will be kidnapped and help for ransom, or worse, if she is deported back to Mexico. “I fear I will be kidnapped and held for ransom.”
“I know it is very common for young, attractive women who are alone, to be sexually assaulted, to be held for ransom, to be forced to work as sex slaves.”
During today’s press conference in Tucson, community members urged the Department of Homeland Security and the Obama Administration to end Sandra’s detention and impending deportation and let her come home. Further, they urged an end to all DREAM ACT eligible residents.
Sandra’s attorney Margo Cowan said President Obama has not fulfilled his promise to the Latino community. So far, Cowan said, Obama has only responded to the pleas for Sandra's release by saying, “We’ve taken this under consideration.”
Cowan said, “We’re calling on President Obama to keep his word. Obama said he is reaching out to the Latino community.”
On August 18, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would focus enforcement on high priority cases individuals considered “most dangerous.” This announcement followed a June 17, 2011, memo from Morton wherein the agency defined low priority cases as including person who have lived in the US since childhood.
"Sandra is an outstanding student and graduated with distinction from Amphitheater High School," said John Fife, Pastor Emeritus of Southside Presbyterian Church, among those urging her release today. Fife pointed out that since she has lived here all her life, she is eligible to stay in the US under the Dream Act.
"Sandra is eager to attend college and pursue a career in public service. Sandra is dream eligible and should be provided the opportunity to stay and continue her fine contribution to her family and our community."

Read more at No More Deaths, where volunteers also search the desert for migrants in distress, with humanitarian aid.
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No More Deaths' report, following thousands of interviews, documenting that children and adults are beaten by the US Border Patrol. Migrants were denied water, food and medicine:

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