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Local band Blue Mountain Tribe received a NAMA award for the Best Blues Recording at the 16th annual Native American Music Awards held Saturday at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Allegany, N.Y. The band’s first CD, “All Our Nations,” was among 16 NAMA winners at this year’s awards ceremony.

“This win is not so much about the band, this is for all our Native veterans and wounded warriors, and for all kids and families with autism, especially our Native ones, who so often get ignored with the assumption that they somehow are capable of less then the rest of us,” said Paris Hairston, Blue Mountain Tribe producer.

Band members include Ret. Sgt. Robin Hairston, vocals & harmonica (Chiricahua), Caleb Hairston, guitar and vocals (Chiricahua), James Bixler, bass and vocals (Cherokee), Pat Mata, drums and vocals (Chumash/Yokuts) and Val Sedo, lead vocalist (Cherokee).

Founded and incorporated in 1998, NAMA remains the world’s largest and only professional membership-based organization dedicated to music initiatives by Native North Americans and American Indians.

For more information on the Native American Music Awards & Association, visit nativeamericanmusicawards.com. For more information on Blue Mountain Tribe, visit bluemountaintribe.com or at the band’s Facebook page.

Read the full story on the band in an upcoming edition of Tehachapi News