Pictured are: Judi M. gaiashkibos (left) Senator Mike Johanns (center) Katie Brossy (right).
NCIA Executive Directory Judi M. gaiashkibos and her daughter Katie Brossy, an attorney at Akin Gump DC office, met with Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns to discuss legislation to designate the Chief Standing Bear Trail as a National Historic Trail. Brossy is serving as a pro-bono legal consultant on the bill. Both gaiashkibos and Brossy are enrolled members of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and in the Senate by Senator Johanns to task the National Park Services with conducting a trail feasibility study. The votes for the legislation will take place later this year or possibly early next year and is a necessary first step in gaining National Historic Trail recognition.