'Rock The Native Vote Concert' To Motivate Young Voters
This summer in Oklahoma City, a groundbreaking effort will be made
to register thousands of Native American young adults to vote.
On Saturday, June 5, a first of its kind concert will take place at the
Oklahoma City Fairgrounds in the Made in Oklahoma Building. From
1 pm. to 10 pm. there will be informational booths and a concert
featuring award-winning Native American performers of contemporary
The Rock the Native Vote (RNV) concert is a non-partisan event to
educate and encourage Indian Country to vote. The primary sponsor
of this event is the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the
United Methodist Church. The OIMC is made up of 89 Native
American United Methodist Churches across Oklahoma, Kansas and
Texas. Among the many aims of its ministry is to promote the goal of
"The belief is that through becoming politically active, positive social
change will occur," said RNV Concert Chairman Rev. David Wilson.
Wilson is also the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Indian
Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church. The UMC
provided a grant that is being used as seed money for the concert.
Brian Frejo, a popular Native American Hip Hop MC and music
producer, was instrumental in securing a stellar line-up of artists.
Comments Frejo, "Some of the most popular acts in Indian Country
will be here, from rap and hip hop to rock and blues."
Performances are set to begin at 2 pm. Nearly all of these artists
were either nominated for or recipients of Native American Music
Awards (NAMMYs). Headlining is Pop/Dance sensation Jana, a
member of the Lumbee Nation. Other nationally known musicians are
Tribal Live (Hip Hop), Casper Lomayesva (Reggae) and Darryl
Tonemah (Contemporary Rock). Also featured are noted locally
based artists Chebon Tiger Band (Blues) and Brian Frejo's Culture
Shock Camp (Rap, Hip Hop, Breakdancing)
The concert is scheduled to take place in the summer for traditional
reasons. RNV Committee member Rev. Chebon Kernell states, "It is
a cultural tradition to have social functions in the summertime. It has
always been our time to get together. This event provides a
wholesome environment for the whole family to enjoy".
Rock the Native Vote organizers believe that it is vital to engage and
empower Native Americans to participate in the elections of next fall.
This non-partisan effort is geared towards educating Native
Americans about the importance of voting.
"It is time for the indigenous people of America en masse to exercise
their rights as citizens. It is a responsibility we owe to both our
ancestors and to our children," says RNV committee member and
former Oklahoma State Senator Enoch Kelly Haney.
Ticket price is $10 and will be available through OK Tickets beginning
April 5. The concert has a website that is updated frequently. Visit
them at http//www.rockthenativevote.com. For more information,
please call 405-632-2006.
Ms. Wheelchair America
Editorial Note – Social and cultural advancement as well as unity can come to Native Peoples through three major and readily available sources – the Media (print and electronic); Arts and Entertainment and Politics.
Showcase your talents and get actively involved in the world around you. If you do nothing more, at least GET REGISTERED and VOTE in the primaries and general election in November. YOUR VOTE DOES COUNT!
“Senator Ben Nighthorse Campell, a two-term Colorado Republican and the Senate’s only Native American, will not seek re-election citing concerns about his health.” New York Times, March 4th edition – Michael Janofsky.
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