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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.

Musician Ras K'dee (Pomo Tribe of California) is from the San Francisco Bay area. He is also co-founder of S.N.A.G. Magazine--Seventh Native American Generation--a non-profit organization that aims to work with Native youth and their struggles.

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Impichchaachaaha’ is a Chicksaw name that translates to “High Corn Crib” in English, it describes an elevated crib used to house the family’s corn. Tate is very proud of his Chickasaw heritage and includes the family name in his works.

Tears of joy streamed down Kimberley Lambert-Lyman’s face when she heard the news. On May 9th, 2007 a bill was unanimously passed to bring six previously unrecognized tribes into recognition.

“They (the tribes) have spent many years, and I have been alongside with them watching this journey for years and when I heard the news it was just tears of joy for their success,” says Lambert-Lyman.

Terry Jones is a man of many talents. He’s a photographer, writer, filmmaker, and actor. He also makes one heck of a batch of Indian Corn Soup in the true Seneca tradition. Residing in New York City, Terry is on the Roster of Performing and Allied Artists at the American Indian Community House, a non-profit organization serving the health, social service, and cultural needs of Native Americans residing in New York City. Jones also hosts corn soup dinners there from time to time. In fact, his corn soup has won him some renown.

Dustinn Craig’s voice is cracking and he is having a hard time getting the words out.  Five minutes into the film “I Belong to This” Craig, the focus of the film, is breaking down into tears.  The emotion draws in the audience and it becomes evident that this isn’t a normal, informative, documentary.

“I’m looking forward to January 2009,” Julianna Brannum says with a smile when asked about her current project, We Shall Remain. “I’m looking forward to seeing all five episodes.”

With Christmas around the corner, families all over the country are looking for a family movie to sit down and enjoy. This year, families can indulge in a wholesome and entertaining film with a Native twist. Gary Robinson’s Native American Night Before Christmas released last November packs plenty of comedy, fun and education into its five-minute duration.

Jim DeNomie was born to tell stories.

As a descendent of the Loon clan, DeNomie feels that his ability as a story teller is inherent.

“Culturally, we are the people who often serve as speakers on behalf of the people,” DeNomie says.

“I kind of look at what I’m doing here (as) maybe what I would have been doing a long time ago, I’m just using new technology to speak on the behalf of the people or to communicate.”

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