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INTERNATIONAL AND NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS COME TOGETHER TO HONOR THE WOLF

INTERNATIONAL AND NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS CONTRIBUTE TO A COMPILATION CD TO BENEFIT & HONOR THE WOLF

Wolf CD

WOLF features songs by various tribal nation voices and wolf clan members.

New York, NY — The Native American Music Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) has just released a special benefit CD entitled, WOLF, featuring songs from award-winning and nominated recording artists in an effort to honor and pay tribute to the wolf, especially the Gray Wolf which may become delisted as an endangered species.

The WOLF CD was released nationally on Thursday, January 16th or during a full Wolf Moon referred to by Native Peoples because wolves could be heard howling and echoing on the clear moonlit snow-covered nights of January.

WOLF features songs by various tribal nation voices and wolf clan members including; Jack Gladstone (Blackfeet), Jimmy Lee Young (Mayan) & international Swiss artist Davide Buzzi, Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida), Joe Firecrow (Northern Cheyenne), Lee Plentywolf & The PlentyWolf Singers (Lakota), The Gray Wolf Blues Band (Yaqui), Jan Michael Looking Wolf (Grand Ronde), Bobby Bullet St Germaine (Lac du Flambeau), Austrian group Big City Indians, world music duo Painted Raven, Rushingwind & Mucklow (Cashuilla/Opata), Silverwolf (Cherokee), a special bonus track for the download version by Wade Fernandez (Menominee) and more including artist Cal Silverfox’s (Apache’) own little set of howling wolf pups he’s helping to raise which can be heard on the CD.

The CD which aims to honor and pay tribute to the wolf, will be donated as a fundraiser for the NY Wolf Conservation Center (http://www.nywolf.org) and other wildlife organizations who fear that a delisting of the Gray Wolf’s endangerd species protection by the US Fish & Wildlife service is premature in its recovery and will leave it subject to recreational hunting and trapping.

The concept behind the CD was sparked when NAMA Founder, Ellen Bello, made a visit with Ambassador Wolf, Atka, at the NY Wolf Conservation Center who was recently featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and following news that the Gray Wolf may be removed from endangered species protections.

Currently, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission calls for hiring a hunter-trapper to eliminate two of six packs of wolves due to a low elk population. In 1995 – 1996 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service introduced 35 wolves into Idaho, augmenting several lone wolves living in the state. In 2002, Idaho had 300 wolves and the number was growing; the Legislature approved a state management plan. In 2011, Congress removed wolves from the threatened species list in the states of Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington and northern Utah. Wolf and wildlife advocates believe that removing any protections are premature.

At one time there were hundreds of thousands of wolves that roamed the lower 48 states. Today, there are 5,000 – 6,000 remaining after facing extinction.

Native American music was distinctly born outdoors and is expressly connected to the nature world and all related living things.

NAMA CEO & FOUNDER CONTRIBUTES TO A BOOK CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND PRODUCES ARTIST COMPILATION CD TO BENEFIT & HONOR THE WOLF

Ellen Bello

Native American Music Awards & Association Founder and CEO, Ellen Bello, has recently contributed to a book entited, Wild Success: The Endangered Species Act at 40.

New York, NY — Native American Music Awards & Association Founder and CEO, Ellen Bello, has recently contributed to a book entited, Wild Success: The Endangered Species Act at 40, celebrating 40 years of the Act and published by the Endangered Species Coalition. Never before has a such a wide range of authors written together about protecting threatened and endangered wildlife.

Bello is among other contributors which include conservation leaders as well as new voices for wildlife; actor Ed Begley Jr, Carter Roberts of the World Wildlife Fund, Jamie Rappaport of Defenders of Wildlife, Pulitzer Prize Winner Mary Oliver, Co-founder Save our Wild Salmon Pat Ford, CEO of Greenpeace Phil Radford, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, President & CEO The Humane Society of the United States Wayne Pacelle, Explorer and Environmental Advocate Phillippe Cousteau, and the late President Richard Nixon who signed the Act in 1973.

By having a diverse range of voices in the book, the Endangered Species Coalition (http://www.endangered.org/) hopes to demonstrate that Americans from all walks of life care about endangered plants and animals while continuing to make an impact on the long-term protections of threatened and endangered species. This past November, the Endangered Species Coalition shared the book with important decision-makers at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and honored Endangered Species Act heroes which included many members of Congress.

Bello’s contribution expresses the close relationship Native American musicians hold with nature. She states, “When you look into the eyes of nature, there is an undeniable and inherent sense of strength, beauty, knowledge and skill. Those same senses are clearly honored and expressed by artists in both contemporary and traditional Native American music initiatives. Native American song is integrally linked with our natural surroundings and various animal species. ” Bello closes by commending the Endangered Species Act and reminds us, “As humans, only we have the ability and power to protect our wildlife from facing extinction.”

In addition to contributing to Wild Success, Bello has produced and compiled the special benefit CD entitled, WOLF, featuring songs from award-winning and nominated recording artists in honor of the Gray Wolf which may become delisted as an endangered species given the recent proposal by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to remove its protections.

The WOLF CD retails for $9.99 and is available nationally for purchase through Amazon.com. The CD is also available on the NAMA website http://www.NAMALIVE.com as a digital download or hard copy.

The Native American Music Association which also presents the annual Native American Music Awards is the world’s largest professional membership-based organization for contemporary and traditional Native American music initiatives.

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