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Guitarist Given Achievement Award

May 26, 1998

LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) _ Rock guitarist Robbie Robertson took home the lifetime achievement award at the first Native American Music Awards.

Wayne Newton hosted the ceremony Sunday night, which was attended by nearly 1,500 people at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Robertson, a Mohawk descendant, was honored for helping open the door to the music world for American Indians. More than 150 musicians were nominated for awards in 20 categories.

The best rap artist award went to Litefoot, a Cherokee artist who emerged in the early 1990s. Best Female Artist went to Joanne Shenandoah, of Oneida descent. She also picked up an award for best children’s album.

Best male artist went to R. Carlos Nakai, of Navajo-Ute heritage, who uses the traditional Indian flute in his music.

``American Warriors: Songs for Indian Veterans,″ a compilation of powwow songs dedicated to war veterans, was the record of the year.

Jimi Hendrix became the first inductee into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame. The legendary guitarist, who died in 1970, had Cherokee ancestry.

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