The annual Native American Benefit Concert was founded by Dr. Daryl Tonemah with one goal - to give native children a better Christmas. Tonemah accomplishes this by holding a benefit concert for which the price of admission is a new toy or new article of children's clothing.
“We all are pretty much aware of the statistics about poverty and under employment and lack of educational attainment for natives, not only across the country but here in Oklahoma,” Ron McIntosh (Muscogee Creek) said.
McIntosh is one of the organizers of this year’s Annual Native American Benefit Concert to take place Friday, December 5 at Rose State College.
“One of the things that Daryl Tonemah, who actually started this about 15 years ago in Phoenix - one of the things that he recognized, and that we've tried to carry on - is that it is up to us to take care of our own kids,” McIntosh said.