Oglala Commemoration Committee
Copyright © 2003 OCC
OGLALA, SOUTH DAKOTA - The Lakota Student Alliance and Oglala Commemoration Committee are proud to present native hip-hop artist Julian B. to headline the 4th annual Commemorative Concert portion of the event held June 26, 2003 in Oglala SD. Julian B. is a Muscogee native from northeast Oklahoma whose rap music focuses on today's native life and the effects of colonialism. Julian B was recently nominated to the 2002 Native American Music Awards (NAMA) for Best Hip Hop Artist category.
Julian B's first album "Once Upon A Genocide" was released in 1994, and his most recent "Injunuity" album was release this year. In previous years, Julian B. has shared the stage with the likes of mainstream recording artists Public Enemy, Sugar Hill gang, Tom Bee of XIT (Native musician) and hung out with Rage Against the Machine & Fugazi, contemporary musicians which many of our Lakota youth are familiary with.
Joining Julian B. and other performers and speakers will be members of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Board of Directors and Staff persons to give us updates and share information with the Oglala Lakota youth and elders regarding political Prisoner Leonard Peltier. Peltier is currently in lockdown in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary where he is serving 2 life sentences for the deaths of 2 FBI agents following a shootout in Oglala on June 26, 1975. AIM member Joseph Stuntz was also found dead at the scene. Traditional Drum Group Elk Nation will be leading the concert-goers with Honorings for the victims of the Reign of Terror and support for the Oglala Commemorative Event.
Elk Nation is from the Oglala Community and are the children of (now deceased) Billy Good Voice, AIM supporter and Spiritual advisor who conducted the burials for Reign of Terror victim Jim Little, Anna Mae Aquash, & Joe Stuntz. We invite all human beings to the important historic event to come share, honor, and participate in this healing effort.
Also musicial performances by folk singer Jim Page, Pine Ridge's own, rockers SpyderZback , rapper Storm.. Join us as we hear words by Vernon Bellecourt - AIM National spokesperson, Bruce Ellison - Peltier's attorney, Tom Cook - Slim Buttes Assc. Tony Black Feather - Teton Sioux National Treaty Council, Russell Blacksmith - Youth Movitional Speaker, Sandy Flye & LaCreek Civil Rights Committee, Tom Poor Bear and Leland Little Dog.
All are welcome to this free event. Please remember all alcohol and drugs are prohibited. For more information visit, the Oglala Commemoration web site, or send e-mail to: email@example.com.