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Standing Bear: No. 2 Notable Nebraskans

A renowned Ponca chief, Standing Bear, in 1879, became the first Native to be legally recognized as a person. In 1877, the federal government forced the Ponca from their northeast Nebraska land to Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma. A year later, honoring the wish of his 16-year-old son to be buried along the Niobrara River, Standing Bear led a band of tribe members back to Nebraska. Arrested for leaving the reservation, Standing Bear stood trial at Fort Omaha, his lawyers filing a writ of habeas corpus contesting the detention. The judge ruled in favor of Standing Bear...

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Whiteclay liquor stores accused of illegally selling beer to bootleggers

Whiteclay liquor stores accused of illegally selling beer to bootleggers, among other offenses LINCOLN — The four beer-only liquor stores in the border village of Whiteclay are facing a new set of allegations, including that they illegally sell beer to bootleggers and sell alcohol after hours. The 22 citations, recently filed by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, represent a new offensive against the continued sale of beer in the unincorporated village. The equivalent of 3.5 million cans of beer a year are sold in Whiteclay, which has been blamed for the multiple alcohol-related woes across the Nebraska-South Dakota state line on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol possession and sales are...

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Tom Brewer — he’s a whole different type of senator

Nebraska’s ornate legislative chamber, with its stately columns and leather chairs, is a whole world away from the stark battleground in Afghanistan where life, not a legislative bill or re-election, is at stake. The Legislature is a relatively comfortable and orderly place where the pace is generally slow and deliberate, not the action-packed adventure of challenge and danger that has characterized Tom Brewer’s life. Only one member of the Legislature is a Native American; only one wears a Purple Heart on his lapel. It is...

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Nebraska Virtual Capitol Tour: Chief Standing Bear

This mural celebrates “The Ideal of Freedom” with a scene from the 1879 trial of Ponca Chief Standing Bear. Even though he didn’t speak English, Standing Bear was willing to stand up and speak out for his rights. You see him here with writer Susette LaFlesche Tibbles, who interpreted for him, and with General Crook, who helped get him a trial and legal representation. Until Standing Bear’s trial, Native Americans had not been recognized as persons under United States law. Standing Bear worked within the system and bought about real change. He established the humanity of his people under...

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Genoa Indian School Scholarship

The Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation is offering a $1,000 scholarship.  We are pleased to provide a scholarship to a descendant of a Genoa U.S. Indian School student. Since the focus of the Genoa School was to provide an education for Native Americans, we feel a duty to try and help descendants of former students by offering a scholarship to a descendant so they might further their education. The cover letter and application may be obtained by e-mailing the following address or by writing to the Genoa Indian School Foundation. Box 382, Genoa NE 68640. Included in this mailing is a copy of the scholarship application.  Please share this with any descendant that you feel would benefit from this scholarship. The Deadline for application is June 15th, 2017. For more information, please e-mail at (please note scholarship on e-mail subject line) or call 402-993-6055. Encourage the students to write several pages on the application.   For more information on the Genoa Indian School go to  or Facebook   Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation                                       Wolfe Family Scholarship              For Native American direct descendents               of  Genoa U.S. Indian School Students     The Native American students who attended the Genoa U.S. Indian School contributed to the history of Genoa, of Nebraska and the United States through their presence, language and culture. In recognition of the contributions of these...

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