A Wellbriety Journey for Forgiveness benefit concert to raise funds for an American Indian group traveling across the country is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., Saturday at the Sac and Fox amphitheater.


A Wellbriety Journey for Forgiveness benefit concert to raise funds for an American Indian group traveling across the country is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., Saturday at the Sac and Fox amphitheater.
“The benefit concert is to help get donations for a Native American group that is traveling from Oregon to Washington, D.C., to request a letter of apology for the treatment that occurred to Indian students in boarding schools,” Darrell Larney, event coordinator, said. “They’re not looking to open it up for a lawsuit or anything like that deal in Canada. They just want to be able to learn to forgive, as that is one of the 12 steps in the White Bison’s 12-step program.”
Larney said the traveling group, which began its 40-day journey May 16 and expects to cover 6,800 miles during the trip, will be in Oklahoma from June 2-4 and plans to end in Washington, D.C., on June 24.
The local benefit concert will include several area entertainers and a variety of music, such as hip-hop, jazz, blues, country and older rock, Larney said.
Vendors, including those from a local youth sports group, will also be available for the event.
Donations for the journey group will be accepted at the door.
The national fundraiser goal is set at $80,000, but Larney said all donations are helpful.
“Throw a dollar, five dollars or whatever you can,” Larney said.
The donations collected from the concert will be presented by Larney to local American Indian artist Dana Tiger following the concert. Tiger will deliver the donations to the White Bison organization following the event.
Local artists for the evening will include Michael D. Able and One, Shawnee; Wildhorse Drum, Shawnee; Camphouse Entertainment, with Nathan Harjo, Wewoka; and Mike Rowe, Shawnee; Junior and The Dam Band, Little Axe; Old Indian Trick, Little Axe; Gary Gibson and the Texas North Band, Little Axe; Darryl Tonemah, Norman; and Jaspa Kings, Tulsa.
Jeff Gibson will serve as emcee and various veterans groups also will participate in the concert.
A posting of several tribal flags will be included in the evening’s events. Tribal flags will be presented by the Color Guards of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Sac and Fox tribes and by the Seminole Nation’s Honored Color Guard.
Major supporters of the event include Sac and Fox Casino, which donated the amphitheater and lighting system, Thunderbird Casino and the Absentee Shawnee Tribe.
For more information regarding the event or how to donate, call Larney at 474-5029.
For further information regarding the White Bison organization or the Wellbriety Journey for Forgiveness, visit www.whitebison.org.
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Johnna Ray may be reached at 214-3934.