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Marshall Gover will present a program on Pawnee life and culture.

106 South Mill Street PO Box 14 Dannebrog, Neb 68831  Sunday, March 26th 1:30 pm in the Dannebrog Fire Hall 114 East Oak St. Marshall Gover will present a program on Pawnee life and culture.  Mr. Gover is an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation and has served as President and member of the Pawnee Business Council.  Mr. Gover has traveled extensively promoting understanding of the First Peoples.  He has met with US Presidents and cabinet members, and is in great demand as a speaker.  You will not want to miss this program. Sunday,November 10th, 1:30  pm. Joe Marshall will help us celebrate National Native American Heritage Month with a program about his latest book.  Mr. Marshall was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe. Because he was raised in a traditional Lakota household by his maternal grandparents, his first language is Lakota. In that environment he also learned the ancient tradition of oral story telling. Admission is a free will donation. The program will be followed by a Speaker’s Reception in the Arts Center located at 106 S Mill St.  Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Gale Pemberton 308-226-8286...

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Track-3 Frames Chemistry Curriculum for Summer Native Youth Program

Attendees at the summer 2016 Sovereign Native Youth Program (SNYP), led by the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs (NCIA), had great chemistry in their session this year. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) chemistry professor Mark Griep- who leads a Track-3 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand science course offerings at Nebraska’s tribal colleges- added chemistry learning for the native youth, with help from six college students vising the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) for a summer REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) opportunity. Judi gaiashkibos, NCIA director and Scott Shafer, assistant director, advise Griep on his NSF-funded “Framing the Chemistry Curriculum” Track-3 project. Griep returned the favor by sharing chemistry lessons in the SNYP sessions on July 29 at Doane University. “We offered a five-part, hands-on activity for these 25 middle and high school students from across Nebraska, said Griep. The activities were: extracting color from indigenous Nebraska plants, which local tribes used to dye fibers; using those paints to depict the atomic structure of neon (“Ne”); separating the pigments in those paints by paper chromatography and applying spectroscopy. The REU students included volunteers from the 2016 UNL Chemistry University, Sara Brubeck of University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Anne Heintzelman of Northwest Missouri State University, Katie Goerl of Kansas State University; Philip Yox of Concordia University, and Terianne Hamada of Whittier College. “The REU helpers really enjoyed the experience,” Griep said, and...

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NCIA Executive Director and staff met with members of the State Tribal relations committee

NCIA Executive Director and staff met with members of the State Tribal relations committee at Capitol and Tues March 21.  Director briefed the committee members about the mission of the agency and the scope of its work giving updates on the agency’s work and upcoming events.  The committee discussed status of several pieces of  legislation of interest to Nebraska tribal members including LB407 Whiteclay, and LB291 Tribal impact zone and LB485 Standing Bear, Indigenous Leaders Columbus Day.  Members of the committee agreed to meet again later in the session. The State Tribal Committee is currently made up of  Sen. Tom Brewer,...

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