Concert for Native American Scholarships at Verde Valley School is
the high point of the year for me. I get to hear some of the best
songwriters in America, in a setting that is guaranteed to inspire
their performances - at the same time, in supporting the Native American
Scholarship Project, I'm acting on the belief that as a people, Americans
should recognize and respect indigenous cultures of this continent
and come to the understanding that God's country is Indian country."
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(480) 784-4444 or (520)
Worm Book Store in Uptown Sedona
and Bean in the Village of Oak Creek
Video & Music (Safeway Shopping Center) in Cottonwood
West (next to the Walmart) in Prescott
tickets are available from the Guacamole Fund at
VIP tickets include on site parking and tent seating w/ free buffet.
camping and other accommodations call 1-800-288-7336
Valley School Music Festival
The proceeds from the concerts
are directed to the Native American Scholarship Project, established in
1990 to provide financial, academic and emotional support to Native American
students and to support Verde Valley School's commitment to ethnic and
cultural diversity. Verde Valley School is proud to provide scholarships
to those students who want to continue their education and return to their
peers with a better understanding of how to cope in this rapidly changing
Verde Valley School's early founders stated fifty years ago:
"If we bring
together talented young people from around the world and ask them to build
and to study, to work and to learn, we can change the world."
Thanks to the annual Native
American Scholarship Concert, we're one step closer to achieving this
Native American Scholarship students Melanie Joy Shockley (Athabascan),
Valerie Black Calf (Navaho),
years ago, Jackson Browne, after hearing that Native American scholars
had the highest dropout rate of all minorities, organized the Verde
Valley School Music Festival in hopes of raising money to enable Native
American students to attend Verde Valley School. The concert takes
place on school grounds and the proceeds fund the Native American
Scholarship Project at Verde Valley School. The School prepares all
of its students for college by providing them with the knowledge and
skills they will need to continue their education. It's a big step
from the reservation to the college classroom and Verde Valley School,
with both boarding and day student programs, helps Native American
students to make that transition. The mission of the School and the
Scholarship Project is not only to prepare and successfully place
Native American students in college, but to encourage them to take
their knowledge and skills back home to share with their communities.
Derrick Pooyouma (Hopi) and Rachael Honyouti (Hopi) with Jackson Browne
A free shuttle service will bus concert go-ers from a general parking
area in the Village of Oak Creek, three miles from the school. Please
carpool to the parking sites to save energy and help reduce traffic congestion.
For safety reasons, it is imperative that all concert go-ers use the shuttle
bus system instead of walking or biking to the concert site.
early for a good seat!!
The Verde Valley School Music Festival is held on a high school campus.
Please do not bring drugs or alcohol to the festival. Individual sized
picnic coolers are permitted, as are low backed beach chairs. No cans,
bottles or deck/lawn chairs please. The parking lots open at 9:30 am.
Festival gates open at 10:30 am. The music will begin at noon and is expected
to finish before sunset.
Indigo Girls and Keb' Mo' at 2000 VVS Music Festival
"So there we were,
Jackson and I, sitting backstage on the couch swiped from North Dorm.
We talked for awhile about his concerts and his friends but none of
those questions or answers really gave me any insight into who Jackson
Browne is and what he sees. So I asked him why we're here-- not why
we're sitting on the couch, but why we're on the planet and what our
lives are for. His response to this question answered best why he comes
to Verde Valley School and why he does so many other benefit concerts."
Cockburn and Ben Harper at 2000 VVS Music Festival
"The Earth is a school
just like Verde Valley is a school. This life is an opportunity to learn.
And along with all the terrible things that are going on that you see
in the media (people's inhumanity towards one another ...) there are so
many other good things going on and opportunities to do good. I mean your
choices have to be informed by what's possible and what would be good
for everybody. Then you go from being someone who wants immediate gratification
It's in what you wish
for that you chart a person's growth. I think there are many examples
of people coming together trying to create something for the common good.
I think this school is a creation of that kind of thinking. Really I think
that was the heart of the founding principles of starting the school--
you have people coming together to figure out how they can make the most
of their lives, and also how the world can be made a better place."
— Jackson Browne
photographs on this page by
Broussard, Austin, TX
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