The Indian Nations Blues Association, located in the Osage Nation in NE Oklahoma, is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to sharing the music and message of the blues through education and performance. The INBA  will utilize resources and tools such as events, festivals, workshops and scholarships to achieve its mission. The INBA places special emphasis on outreach to Native American communities.


Take a look at some interesting facts below:

Rumble: the Indians Who Rocked the World

This 2017 Documentary won the Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling.It tells the story of the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history, featuring some of the greatest music stars of our time. It exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing how indigenous musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives and, through their contributions, influenced popular culture.


Drums are the oldest instrument on earth, and the one most important to Native Americans. Used in both sacred and secular music, numerous oral traditions refer to drumbeats as the earth's heartbeat, or the spirit of life. Drumbeats drive all Native American music, so it's considered essential that everyone listening hears the drum's sound. Further, it's also critical that drums accompany the human voice. In fact, the two are so tightly linked in American Indian culture, those who play the drums aren't called drummers, but rather singers.


Music plays an integral role in the life of Native Americans. It is used for ceremonial purposes, recreation, expression, and healing. There are many different instruments used when making Native American music, including drums, flutes, and other percussion instruments. Perhaps the most important element of their music is the voice. The Native American vocals are passionate, used to invoke spirits, ask for rain or healing, or are used to heal the sick.


The Native American Music Awards recognizes outstanding musical achievement. The awards were created to offer Native American musicians greater recognition from the American music industry and to create opportunities for international exposure. They are the largest membership-based organization for Native American music initiatives and consists of over 20,000 registered voting members and professionals in the field. They also hold the largest Native American music library in the world with a national archive featuring a collection of over 10,000 audio and video recordings.

NAMMY Hall of Fame


Jimi Hendrix (Cherokee descent)

Buddy Red Bow (Oglala Lakota)

Jim Pepper (Kaw/Muscogee Creek descent)

Crystal Gayle (Cherokee descent)

Doc Tate Nevaquaya (Comanche Nation)

Link Wray (Shawnee descent)

Redbone (Yaqui/Shoshone descent)

Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd (Blackfoot)

Janice-Marie Johnson of A Taste of Honey (Stockbridge-Munsee descent)

Felipe Rose of Village People (Lakota descent)

Ritchie Valens (Yaqui descent)

Russell Means (Oglala Lakota)

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Indian Nations Blues Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.