Remembering Joanne Shenandoah, queen of Native American music (Visitor Opinion by Ellen Bello)


Ellen Bello, of New York, is founder and president of the Native American Music Awards & Affiliation (

Each music style has its rightfully appointed Queen. Dolly Parton for nation, Aretha Franklin for soul, Madonna for pop, Ella Fitzgerald for jazz, and by all accounts, Joanne Shenandoah for Native American music.

Born on June 23, 1957, in Syracuse, New York, Joanne Shenandoah was a member of the Wolf Clan of the Oneida Nation, of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. She journeyed to the spirit world on Nov. 22, 2021, at age 64. Her daughter, Leah Shenandoah,

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