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Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards announced

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NEW YORK - The 9th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs) will be held Oct. 6 at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls. Tickets will be priced at $20, $30 and $50, and will go on sale July 6. NAMA Advisory Board members may reserve their VIP tickets by directly contacting the awards office.

The arrival of the awards ceremony at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel marks the first time the awards will be held in its home state of New York and takes place in extremely close proximity to one of the most incredible natural sites in the world: Niagara Falls. The name ''Niagara'' is said to originate from an Iroquois word ''Onguia-ahra,'' meaning ''The Strait,'' and was largely known as the territory of those who lived in harmony with nature.

The Seneca Nation of Indians, one of the six tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy, occupies aboriginal lands in New York state set aside by the Treaty of Canandaigua of 1794. SNI has a total population of more than 7,200 enrolled members and holds title to three territories in New York, one of which includes the city of Salamanca.

With the addition of eight new awards categories and more than 180 music recordings submitted for nomination consideration from the United States and Canada, this year marks the highest number of recording entries ever submitted in the awards' history.

''Given the incredible natural setting of Niagara Falls and the Indian's close relationship with nature, combined with the top-notch entertainment venue of the Seneca Niagara Casino and the unprecedented number of recording submissions, the 9th Annual Native American Music Awards show promises to be a very special event. We're truly excited about all the wonderful possibilities this year's awards show has to offer,'' NAMA CEO/founder Ellen Bello said.

Following the Oct. 6 live show, a two-hour edited version of the 9th Annual Native American Music Awards will be broadcast to national and international audiences in November on MHZ Networks.

The Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is the newest location for this annual awards show that has been held in front of sold-out audiences in theatres and amphitheaters across the country. In July 2005, the Native American Music Association produced a special free outdoor concert with the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel featuring Derek Miller, Jana and others.

Nominees will be selected by NAMA advisory and industry members by June 30. Eligible recordings must have been commercially released from Sept. 15, 2005, through Dec. 31, 2006. Winners will be determined through membership votes and a national voting campaign open to the general public through a listen and vote system on the NAMA Web site, www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com.

NAMA and Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel look forward to announcing this year's nominees and upcoming show details in the coming weeks. For further information, call (212) 228-8300 or visit www.senecaniagaracasino.com, www.infoniagara.com or www.city.niagarafalls.on.ca.