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FNX “AUX” series nominated for 2015 “Indigenous Music Award”

The FNX original music video series “The AUX - Aboriginal Unity Experience” has been nominated for “Best Television Program/Promotion of Indigenous Music” at the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards (IMAs). With a TV broadcast viewing audience of over 2 million in 2014, the IMAs recognize the accomplishments and contributions of aboriginal artists within the music industry. In this their 10th year, the show looks to extend their current broadcast reach within the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) in Canada, and cross into the US market via FNX Television. Winners for each category will be announced during the live broadcast on September 11th. Voting is taking place now through July 24th 2015 and requires a quick and easy registration process. Help FNX bring home the Award by casting your vote for The AUX as “Best Television Program/Promotion of Indigenous Music at: http://aboriginalpeopleschoice.com/categories/2015/best-television-progr....

FNX has been committed to providing accurate and quality Native and World Indigenous content, broadcasting around the clock in multiple regions across the United States since 2011. The nominated original FNX production, “Aboriginal Unity Experience,” is a 30 minute rotating compilation of music videos showcasing a mixed genre of indigenous artists like fellow IMA nominees LightningCloud, Rellik, and Niiko Soul, as well as top talents such as A Tribe Called Red, Tall Paul, Spencer Battiest, Frank Waln, Inez Japser, Las Cafeteras and many, many more.

For a taste of The AUX and/or watch previously broadcast music videos, read about your favorite artist and even create your own playlist visit www.fnx.org/theaux.

The FNX AUX team would like to extend a warm thank you to all our viewers, and especially our participating artists. Without their talent and vision, none of this would have been possible. Please take a few minutes to vote for The AUX, and support our Native artists. More info at www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com.

-Team FNX

Submitted by: Robin Underwood, Muscogee (Creek) Nation

FNX receives two National Native Media Awards!

FNX | First Nations Experience television network has received a pair of awards for the second consecutive year.

The network's news, culture and events series "FNX NOW" was awarded first place for "FNX NOW: Avelleka Sexual Assault Awareness Walk (2014) " for Best Feature Story - TV in the Division III (circulation above 8,000). Awarded for second place was "FNX NOW: Yaamava." The FNX series "On Native Ground: Youth Reports" (produced by Jack Koehler) also won first place for General Excellence - TV in the Division III category. FNX network affiliates at Cheyenne and Arapaho Television also brought in awards for their programming - including the award for General Excellence - TV in the Division II category.

The Native Media Awards are issued annually to working journalists - in both the U.S. and Canada - by the Native American Journalists Association. This year, will award more than 250 National Native Media Awards recognizing members’ coverage of Indian Country during the 2015 NAJA Media Awards Banquet July 11 in Washington DC.

Check out a complete listing of the 2015 Native Media Award winners here - https://www.naja.com/news/2014-native-media-awards/

Watch the award winning episodes here:

FNX NOW: Avelleka Sexual Assault Awareness Walk (2014)

FIX700-29 from FNX First Nations Experience on Vimeo.

FNX NOW: Yaamava

FIX700-23 from FNX First Nations Experience on Vimeo.

Sherman Indian High School has a new representative

A confident young woman from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of Fort Yates, North Dakota is the new titleholder of 2015-16 Miss Sherman. Seventeen-year-old Mika Zephier was crowned in the Robert Levi Auditorium at Sherman Indian High School on Friday, April 17.

Seven contestants participated this year, representing tribes from across the country. Each of them performed a speech, made a cultural presentation and modeled traditional regalia.

Zephier is a junior who is a member of the National Honor Society and has played Junior Varsity Volleyball at the all-Native American high school in Riverside, Calif. During her cultural presentation, she shared a story about how her tribe received its name as well as a a traditional lullaby.

Stay tuned in to FNX | First Nations Experience television network for the full story in an upcoming segment of "FNX NOW."

A Night to Remember

On Saturday January 31, 2015, two FNX Interns made their way to Four Directions Education’s biggest event of the year. The Honoring Traditions Gala filled the night with blessings, Pala Bird Signers, Fancy Dances and a silent auction; the highlight of the night, awarding Saginaw Grant with a Humanitarian Award. No expense was spared at the venue of El Adobe Restaurant, a California State Historical Landmark in the heart of San Juan Capistrano. The architectural elements of El Adobe artfully reflect the history of both building and location. A fitting place, I would say, for honoring such an extraordinary living legend.

About 80 guests entered the Palenque room with an adjoining Garden-Chapel and Veranda. Pictures and Videos casted on the walls highlighted scenes of the countless movies and shows featuring Saginaw Grant. Some included bits of Lone Rangers, Breaking Bad, and War Party, proving Saginaw’s versatility and lifelong accomplishments.

Eddie Tahuka and I were eager to capture the event in a way that would give it the justice it deserved. Nervousness was mixed with excitement being our first solo mission for the station but as the night ended, we were feeling more and more and ease. Definitely a night to remember!

Submitted by: Robin Underwood, FNX Intern

FNX | First Nations Experience Television Network Receives $6 Million Gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

FNX | First Nations Experience has received a second $6 Million gift of support from its Founding Partners, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. A special commemorative ceremony took place in honor of the gift renewal at KVCR studios on the San Bernardino Valley College campus on Monday, January 26, 2015.

General Manager, Alfredo Cruz, noted, “Gifts of this magnitude are extremely rare in public media and the fact that San Manuel is renewing their commitment with this second gift, is a massive vote of confidence in the exciting and innovative work that FNX is doing in public television.” Cruz added, “This will help take FNX to the next level, allowing the network to continue growing in both reach and content to make positive impacts on more communities throughout the country.”

“Since the idea for FNX was first broached in our early discussions, San Manuel has viewed the Native television channel as a key media platform for disseminating factual information about and for tribal nations and indigenous peoples around the world,” said San Manuel Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. “We are pleased with the progress that FNX has made during the initial development period and are excited about the opportunities the channel presents for Native storytellers, filmmakers, actors, musicians, artisans as well as other professional endeavors in television.”

Arising from a need for Native Americans to tell their own stories; to help preserve our culture, to promote awareness and appreciation for Native culture and history among the general public, FNX is the most exciting new development in communications today.

FNX is filling a media void by providing programming that is unavailable anywhere else. Telling the stories of Native people in their own words, FNX’s 24/7 programming is PBS-compliant and includes everything from feature and short films, to documentaries, drama, series, comedy, lifestyle (health/cooking/gardening), sports, cultural, news/public affairs, nature programs, animation, and children’s shows. All content strives to illustrate the rich diversity that exists within Native cultures and reflects a true voice of Native American and Indigenous people from around the globe.

Created as a “local content programming initiative” on KVCR’s digital tier, FNX was launched at KVCR-PBS through a partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in 2011. Since then, FNX has grown into a fulltime, self-contained, 24/7 turnkey, national public television network with affiliates broadcasting into 12 states. FNX is now available via satellite to stations and service providers throughout the U.S. over the Public Television Interconnect System.

In Southern California, FNX is can be seen over the air on KVCR’s Digital Ch. 24.2, on Direct TV Ch. 24-2, and on Verizon FiOS Ch. 471. In addition to the major metropolitan regions of Chicago and Los Angeles, FNX is currently carried by stations in Alaska, Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, including several tribal reservation communities. Public stations and service providers interested in carrying FNX are encouraged to contact FNX for details.

Feeling Inspired: Meeting LaDonna Harris at the San Diego American Indian Film Festival

This past weekend I got to join FNX in attending the 2nd Annual San Diego American Indian Film Festival (SDAIFF). Many films were showcased during the night including, “Sycuan: Our People. Our Culture. Our History,” “Once We Had a River,” “Empire of Dirt” and "LaDonna Harris: Indian 101.” Long into the night, a huge screen captured the attention of all ages in the audience, the majority excitedly being Native youth.

During the event, I found myself so absorbed and moved by the film “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101.” I got to discover a Native woman of power in a time when prejudice was strongly held in the minds and hearts of the masses. LaDonna defied the odds and rose with her husband as he moved through the political spectrum, eventually becoming a U.S. Senator in Washington DC.

The film dug into LaDonna’s natural activist stance on many topics involving the Native community. She used her husband’s status to influence the minds of high-ranking officials that they were often around, throwing dinner parties where much of her humanitarian ideas were discussed. As a national leader, Harris influenced the agendas of world peace, environmentalism, feminism, and civil rights movements. She is a founding member of Common Cause and the National Urban Coalition and is, still to this day, a spokesperson against poverty and social injustice. She also made a new form of history, being the first Senator’s wife to testify before a Congressional committee.

During intermission, FNX had the opportunity to speak with LaDonna Harris, getting an interview in the process. She was just as loving and warm as she was portrayed as in the film. She made strangers feel as though they were long-time friends. Completely unaware of what my night would entail as I entered the SDAIFF, I left the festival fired up with ambition and enlightenment, even more driven to continue high education for the sake of future generations. Amazing film, amazing woman! I am looking forward to the next annual San Diego American Indian Film Festival and hope to see you all there!

Submitted by: Robin Underwood, FNX Intern

Watch the trailer for "LaDonna Harris: Indian 101" here:

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 Trailer from San Diego Film Festival on Vimeo.