The 11th Annual Native American Music Awards will be held October 3rd at the Seneca Entertainment Center in the Seneca Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York. In the audience will be Sheridan's Gary Small & the Coyote Brothers, who have been nominated for two "Nammy's" -- the Indian version of the Grammys.
The nominations are for their work on their Blues CD called "I Don't Play By the Rules." Small has long been influenced by the Blues, starting with his first BB King album he bought at the age of 12. He comments on his new album.
The other award for which the group has been nominated is "Songwriter of the Year," and Small says.
Small, who is Northern Cheyenne, is joined by fellow tribe member Jobe Jennings on electric bass and drummer Jim Willey.
Musicians representing tribes from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia -- really, any indigenous people are eligible to submit their work for consideration from the Native American Music Association.