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FIRST AMERICANS IN THE ARTS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Link was the recipient of the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by the First Americans In the Arts. It was presented posthumously in 2006.

These photos are of Link's family who accepted the award in California.

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FIRST AMERICANS IN THE ARTS HONORS OUTSTANDING FILM, TELEVISION, THEATRE AND MUSIC PERFORMANCES IN 19 CATEGORIES AT THE 14TH ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – March 14, 2006 – On Saturday, March 25, 2006, First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) will present the 14
th Annual First Americans in the Arts Awards Presentation honoring Native American Indians for their outstanding performances in motions pictures, primetime television, theatre and music in 2005. 

The event will include a silent auction, reception and dinner along with the awards show, held at the Beverly Hilton, located at 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.  The event will begin at 6:00pm with a reception and silent auction featuring American Indian art and jewelry.

 The awards ceremony will give attendees a first-hand look at the star-studded Awards Presentation attended by leading film and television stars, both American Indian and non-Indian, including
Tyler Christopher and Natalia Livingston (ABC’s General Hospital), Karina Lombard (The L Word), Rick Schroder (Strong Medicine) and many more.

 Among this year’s recipients are Humanitarian award winners,
ABC Entertainment and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for their 2 hour season finale, “The Piestewa Family.”

Other award recipients include “The New World’s”
Q’Orianka Kilcher and August Schellenberg, “Into the West’s” Tyler Christopher, Zahn McClarnon, Tonantzin Carmelo, Nakotah LaRance and “Edge of America’s” Chris Eyre for directing and DeLanna Studi.  Tony award winning actress, Kristin Chenoweth will be the recipient of two awards for her roles in NBC’s “The West Wing” as well as Sony/Columbia Pictures’ “Bewitched.” 

A Lifetime Achievement Award will go to guitar pioneer Link Wray, inventor of the “fuzztone” who influenced musical styles from punk rock, grunge, heavy metal to rockabilly and rock & roll.

 
Wes Studi is this year’s Master of Ceremonies and Host.  This often intimidating but charismatic and ruggedly handsome actor is best known for performances such as the fiercely angry Magua in “The Last of the Mohicans” and the title character in Walter Hill’s biopic, “Geronimo: An American Legend.”  Studi recently appeared in New Line Cinema’s “The New World,” TNT’s “Into the West” and Showtime’s “Edge of America.”

 The event will feature traditional and contemporary performances by Native American performers including the Native American Music Award’s Female Artist of the Year,
Jana and Outstanding Musical Achievement winner Quese iMC.  An excerpt from the Autry’s Native Voices stage play “The Red Road” will be performed by Arigon Starr.  Traditional dance performances will include the Hoop, Fancy Shawl and a Men’s Fancy Dance Exhibition.  The evening’s entertainment is being sponsored by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

 Founded in 1991, First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) is a nonprofit trust created to recognize, honor and promote American Indian participation in the entertainment industry.  Scholarships are also given out to students pursuing careers in film, television and theatre. 

For more information or to receive an invitation, please call (310) 270-5388 or write to us at
www.firstamericans.org.
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FIRST AMERICANS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD