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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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Nebraska College Of Law adding Children’s Justice Clinic

Nebraska’s College Of Law is adding a new program, the Children’s Justice Clinic The new addition to the University of Nebraska’s College Of Law hopes to give law students hands-on experience and provide children in child welfare cases with quality representation. Director Of The Children Justice Clinic, Michelle Paxton says, “Providing reflective consultation to work with students, on all the emotional issues that come with these cases; will help them be able to adapt better when they graduate.” The first clinic will have eight students at the start of the Fall semester. The program will provide third-year law students with the opportunity to partner with experts from the Center On Child, Families and Law, and take on actual cases.The cases will be chosen by Lancaster County. “What makes this program unique and sets us apart from other programs, is the partnership with CCFL. So, very few clinical programs will bring in experts to help students walk through how to handle these cases,” said Paxton. Funds for the program came from $900,000 in private donations, which will go to the University of Nebraska Foundation, for over three years. Dean, Richard Moberly says the clinic is important for future lawyers. “We have several goals for the clinic, one is to provide great training, in an area where they can display a lot of professional skills and learn a lot of different...

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NCIA/MATC Sovereign Native Youth STEM Leadership Academy

About the NCIA/MATC Sovereign Native Youth STEM Leadership Academy Registration is open for the 2017 Sovereign Native Youth STEM Leadership Academy. Click here to register online. If you would like to submit the application form via email or mail, click here to download. Note: In addition to completing the application form, the Release Form must be downloaded, physically signed, and returned by a parent or legal guardian. Click on the Parent/Guardian Release Form button for further details. About the NCIA/MATC Sovereign Native Youth STEM Leadership Academy The NCIA/MATC Sovereign Native Youth STEM Leadership Academy is a six-day summer camp...

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Winnebago Students Capture Standing Bear Awards

Winnebago Students Capture Standing Bear Awards Two Winnebago Students made their mark on the 2017 Standing Bear Awards Breakfast held recently in Lincoln, NE. Nadia Bass read her award winning Essay for the hundreds gathered, and Miss Tiana Janelle Earth was awarded a Standing Bear Scholarship to continue her studies. Congratulations girls!!! Photo courtesy of Peachy...

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