By Associated Press - Monday, February 15, 2016

ONEIDA, N.Y. (AP) - Grammy Award-winning Native American singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah needs a new liver after becoming ill with a bacterial infection last summer.

The 58-year-old Shenandoah, of the Oneida Nation in central New York, tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse ( ) she has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for costs associated with the transplant.

Shenandoah says she contracted the infection after a visit to a hospital last June. She says it’s spread from her intestines to her kidneys and liver.

Tests at Strong Memorial in Rochester determined that her liver had suffered irreparable damage and required a transplant.

Shenandoah has received more Native American Music Awards than any other native artist, and more than 40 music awards altogether.

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