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Omaha Mayor create board to help address Native American concerns after man’s death

Stothert to create board to help address Native American concerns after man's death OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced the creation of a board to deal with issues that arose from the tasering and death of a man who was killed in Omaha on June 5th. Stothert and Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer met with an upset group of Native American leaders on June 28th to address the tensions stemming from the in-custody death of an unarmed Native American, 29-year-old Zachary Bearheels, who died after Omaha police officers tased him, punched him and dragged him by his hair. Stothert said the group of Native Americans originally asked for the meeting to get answers and understanding on the lack of sensitivity shown to Bearheels. The meeting included a few members of the Native American community, as well as Schmaderer, and City Councilman, Ben...

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Special artist’s reception on Sunday, July 9th at 6 p.m. at Fontenelle Forest meet Matika Wilbur and learn more about her fascinating work.

Fontenelle Forest is proud to present Matika Wilbur’s newest Project 562 collection: Natural Wanderment: Stewardship – Sovereignty – Sacredness, an exhibition of Native American portraits and stories that honors and seeks to protect ancestral ways of life and lands in North America. Project 562 offers a creative relationship with people from 562 Tribal Nations in the United States that builds cultural bridges, abandons stereotypes, and renews and inspires our national legacy. Matika Wilbur’s Project 562 is an inspiring artistic adventure unfolding the living history of North America’s ancient peoples. Over the last three years and 250,000 miles, Wilbur, one of...

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Google honors the life and legacy of Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915)

Today’s Doodle honors the life and legacy of Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915), the first American Indian to earn a medical degree. Picotte grew up in Nebraska on the Omaha reservation, where her father urged her to “be somebody in the world.” She left her village and made her way east, eventually attending the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (featured in today’s Doodle on the left), where she graduated at the top of her class. Despite receiving numerous prestigious job offers, Picotte chose to return to the reservation to provide the medical care that her tribe badly needed...

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Man behind new Native license plates ‘wanted the world to right the wrongs’ before he died

Wednesday, six months after Ross Smith died of pancreatic cancer, his family gathered on the north side of the Capitol and walked up the stairs and into Room 1015. Sen. Kate Bolz hugged his widow, Willa. She handed her a copy of LB263, the 2017 transportation bill, where — folded into its many pages — one of Smith’s last wishes came true. A license plate to honor Natives. “My dad didn’t have a drop of Native American blood in him,” said his youngest daughter, Shawnie Motschenbacher. Added his oldest daughter, Shereen Mills: “But knowing my dad, it was like,...

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Nebraska drivers will get 2 more license plate choices

Nebraska drivers will have at least two new specialty license plate designs to choose from next year, adding to a steady trickle of new plates on the road in recent years. State lawmakers passed legislation this year to create license plates honoring Native American history and displaying opposition to abortion. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland also is about two-thirds of the way to the 250 pre-paid applications it needs to create organizational plates with the slogan, “My Body, My Choice.” For many years, the state only offered a standard plate design. Beginning in 1997, Nebraska added a Husker Spirit plate on behalf of the University of Nebraska. But six new specialty plate designs have been approved by lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts in the past three years, and more may be coming. “Previously in the Legislature, there either wasn’t support or interest in specialty plates,” said Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles director Rhonda Lahm. “Once the interest began and some initial specialty plates were approved, others became interested in adding on to the different options available.” In 2015, lawmakers approved license plates honoring current and former military service members, promoting breast cancer awareness and recognizing the state’s 150th birthday. A mountain lion conservation plate added in 2016 helps fund wildlife conservation education and assuaged Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers, a longtime specialty license plate foe and mountain lion fan. Lincoln...

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