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Chief Standing Bear Essay Contest

  McDonald’s® Corporation in collaboration with Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs and the Chief Standing Bear Planning Committee are proud to present your school with this opportunity, McDonald’s ® Chief Standing Bear Essay Contest Purpose: Generate awareness in our youth and community of the many accomplishments of Ponca Chief Standing Bear. Topic: Ponca Chief Standing Bear had a historic court case in 1877 which is still significant piece of Nebraska’s early history. What lessons can it teach us about equality and justice today and into the future? Download the Chief Stand Bear Essay Contest Application here    ...

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StrongHearts Native Helpline

Providing immediate support and culturally relevant resources for Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence. Speak with a StrongHearts advocate by calling 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483), Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST when you are ready to reach...

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State Senator Pansing Brooks Introduces Bill to Establish Standing Bear and Indigenous Leaders Day in Nebraska

Nebraska State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks recently introduced LB485  which establishes Standing Bear and Indigenous Leaders’ Day to honor Chief Standing Bear and the many other remarkable and noble leaders of the state’s indigenous peoples, including, but not limited to, Chief Blackbird, Chief Little Priest, and Big Eagle. The second Monday in October each year would be known as Standing Bear and Indigenous Leaders’ Day and would be observed in this state as a legal holiday, and would replace Columbus Day as a state...

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Special Economic Impact Zone Bill Designated as a Priority Bill

NCIA commissioner Lucas LaRose testifies in favor of LB 291 at committee hearing. District 40 Senator Tyson Larson recently requested designation of LB 291 as one of his priority bills.  The bill which was introduced to the Revenue Committee, relates to Native Americans and the designation of special zones on Indian Reservations. LB 291, which creates and proposes to adopt the Special Economic Impact Zone Act, provides tax incentive options to encourage the formation and expansion of businesses on reservations in our state. Pursuant to similar legislation introduced during the previous session and recommendations of the LR 547 Tribal...

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Native American Cultural Awareness and History License Plates Bill Introduced

State Senator Kate Bolz introduced LB 355 which is a bill that authorizes the creation of Native American Cultural Awareness and History license plates. Such plates would require a $5 fee for a standard alphanumeric plate, or $40 for personalized plates. Any funds in excess of cost raised by such plates are to be reserved for the Native American Scholarship and Leadership Fund, also established by this act. The Native American Scholarship and Leadership Fund will be created to fund scholarships to Native Americans to attend a post-secondary educational institution in this state and to provide other leadership opportunities...

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