CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach, an instructor in the Department of Music at Oregon State University, has been named Artist of the Year at the Native American Music Awards, or NAMMYs.

Reibach received the award at a ceremony held this week in New York.

"It was truly an honor to receive this award," Reibach said, adding that his winning CD took more than a year to finish. "I am equally proud to be part of the family here at the Department of Music. There are so many talented instructors here that really care about the students."

Reibach has taught music at OSU since 2005. He teaches classes on the native flute, as well as one on the history of Native American music.

He was honored at the NAMMYs for his latest album, "The Looking Wolf Project," which blends hard rock with native flute. There were more than 1,500 nominations in 30 categories. Last year, Reibach was named Flutist of the Year at the NAMMYs and at the Indian Summer Music Awards.

Reibach is a resident of McMinnville and is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

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