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Gary Farmer is of the Cayuga nation and Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy. He co-starred in the Native films "Pow-wow Highway" and "Smoke Signals". He also co-starred with Johnny Depp in the independent film "Dead Man". Gary is also musically-inclined and formed a blues band called "Gary Farmer and the TroubleMakers".

Joey Stylez is Cree-Metis and a Moosomin First Nations Tribal member. Moosmin is located in Saskatchewan, Canada. He had a rough upbringing and overcame that by using his talent for putting a positive light on his Native heritage.

Louie Gonnie is Dine from the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Louie admired his father and uncles and wanted to be like them so he began to sing in the Native American Church. He is also a well rounded artist, expressing himself in music, art and writing.

Louie started singing for family and friends. Eventually, people were recording his music and he realized that he could have a career as a recording artist. His albums started out as Peyote songs of the Native American Church. Since then he has created a more contemporary style.

Celebrating their 28th year, the Gathering of Nations is one of largest Powwows in North America. Held annually on the fourth weekend in April in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hosting over 500 different tribes from Canada and the United States.

Steve Wood (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) and two of his brothers founded Northern Cree in 1982. Northern Cree has released 37 albums under Canyon Records. 

Devin Whirlwindsoldier is Lakota and Diné. He was raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. He grew up singing with various drum groups on the pow wow trail. Devin was able to stay positive and out of trouble through singing.

He united with Stephen Yellowhawk and the duo formed “Buddaz and Stephen” and recorded their first album titled “Northern Lights.” Devin and Stephen also have recorded another project with RSBK (Ricky, Stephen, Buddaz & Kilo) titled RSBK. Devin is in the process of recording his next project.

Quese Imc is an award-winning Hip Hop emcee, independent music producer and cultural activist. Quese is a member of the Pawnee and Seminole Nations. Quese and his brother are founding members of Native Hip Hop group “Culture Shock Camp.”

Lakota Jonez is Cherokee, Mohawk and Lakota. She was born in Florida and grew up all over the East Coast and Canada. She began performing at an early age--first in ballet, then writing, poetry, lyrics and finally music. Lakota wrote lyrics and poetry in high school and later found herself immersed in  Hip-Hop music. "Writing Hip-Hop lyrics was like telling a story," she said.

John Williams is Sisseton-Dakota and Chippewa. He started playing instruments in middle school and has since grown his musical talents to span over a wide-range of instruments. John is a founding member of the Native Reggae band Native Roots.

Twice as Good is an award-winning blues band comprised of a father and son duo, Rich and Paul Steward. They are both from the California Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians. Twice as Good’s high-energy performances demonstrate their great showmanship. \

Nake Nula Waun (Nah-Kay, New-Lah, Wah- OO) or NNW is a Rap/Hip-Hop group from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Central South Dakota. The name Nake Nula Waun is a traditional Lakota phrase which means “I am always ready, at all times, for anything.”

This phrase was used to describe warriors before they went into battle. NNW members consist of Frank Waln, Thomas Schmidt (currently serving a bid in the Marines), Andre Easter and Kodi DeNoyer.

Gabriel Ayala is a member of the Yaqui Tribe of Southern Arizona. He recently won a Nammy Award from the Native American Music Association for Artist of the Year. Gabriel also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona. His road to success was an outcome of Gabriel’s perseverance.

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