National Native art auction comes to Albuquerque

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Koahnic Broadcast Corp. will present the first National Native Art Auction 6 - 10 p.m. April 19 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

;'Our goal for the auction is to raise $36,000,'' said Camille Lacapa, Native Voice One station and audience relations manager.

The event - to be hosted by Harlan McKosato, Sac and Fox, and Drew Lacapa, White Mountain Apache/Hopi-Tewa - will include a live auction featuring Native art created by traditional American Indian and Alaska Native artists, as well as a silent auction featuring Native and non-Native merchandise and services donated by businesses.

The Nunamta Yup'ik Eskimo Dance Troupe will provide live entertainment.

A special Web site for live auction donors will be set up that will showcase the art and include the contact information of the artists and donors.

KBC, a nonprofit, Alaska Native-governed and operated media center located in Anchorage, Alaska, seeks to be the leader in bringing Native voices to Alaska and the nation. It pursues its mission through the production of ''National Native News,'' ''Native America Calling,'' ''Earthsongs,'' ''Stories of Our People'' and ''Native Word of the Day.'' Its national programming is broadcast by public and tribal radio stations across the country. KBC also operates KNBA 90.3 FM, the first Native radio station located in an urban market.

KBC-affiliated NV1 educates, advocates and celebrates Native life and culture by providing a program service from a Native point of view. This service is for everyone interested in American Indian news, culture, music, events and life.

NV1 enables Native people, especially those who do not have access to the many reservation- and village-based Native-owned and operated radio stations, to stay connected. Many Native radio stations and independent radio producers contribute Native-oriented program material to NV1 for inclusion in the NV1 program service.

NV1 broadcasts the Native voice through affiliate Native and other radio stations via Internet radio on www.nv1.org.

Donations and items for auction are still being accepted, Lacapa said. ''Your support ensures our ability to continue to bring strong Native voices to the nation.''

Anyone interested in making a donation, either monetary or an item to be auctioned, can contact Lacapa at (505) 277-5693 or clacapa@nativeamericacalling.com. All proceeds will benefit KBC's national programming.

Area public and tribal radio stations that broadcast KBC programs are KGLP 91.7 FM, Gallup; KSHI 90.9 FM, Zuni; KUYI 88.1 FM, Keams Canyon, Ariz.; and KGHR 91.5 FM, Tuba City, Ariz.