LPS pilot program allows Native students to wear eagle feathers at graduation

The small, white eagle plume that will be affixed to Elainna Robles’ cap as she walks across the stage to get her high school diploma Sunday symbolizes many things: family and tradition, achievement and honor. She’s always known eagle feathers are a revered symbol in her Native American culture; a gift from elders honoring life’s achievements. “It’s a symbol of strength, power, unity and honor,” said the young woman who will graduate from Lincoln Southeast High School. Until recently, she figured her great-grandpa, a medicine man in the Rosebud Sioux tribe, would conduct the ceremony and present her with...

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Standing Bear Breakfast honors leaders, past and present

There was much to celebrate Friday at the 10th annual Chief Standing Bear Breakfast Commemoration. A recent decision by the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission to deny the liquor licenses for four beer stores was hailed Friday, as was the Thursday completion of a 12-day, nearly 280-mile walk by members of the Ponca Tribe retracing their people’s forced 1877 march south to Oklahoma. And let’s not forget the signing of a deed to the 19.5-mile Chief Standing Bear Trail that stretches from Beatrice to Barneston, giving that land to the Ponca Tribe. “I don’t know when the last time was...

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UNL project on Whiteclay wins RFK journalism grand prize

UNL project on Whiteclay wins RFK journalism grand prize The underdogs huddled together in a 7th floor D.C. ballroom, eyes wide and cheeks flushed, trying to figure out the most acceptably Nebraska way to celebrate.   Minutes earlier, this group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln journalism students and professors had watched as a D.C. power broker announced the shocking news from the dais and hundreds of political and literary bigwigs — including at least two Kennedys and at least three members of Congress — had clapped and cheered. The group had hugged and cried and shook the hand of Ethel...

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Nagpra Summit

The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs and the Nebraska State Historical Society sponsored a two-day summit (May 12-13) on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The topic was seeking a resolution on the unclaimed and tribal unaffiliated Native American remains and funerary objects that are still under the control of various state and federal agencies in Nebraska. It was resolved that multiple tribes will work together to make a joint claim on these remains. All agencies were in agreement that this was a desirable approach. The meeting was attended by nearly 30 people representing the following entities: Omaha...

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UNL journalists win national award

A team of 11 student journalists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln were recently awarded one of college journalism’s top honors from the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation for Human Rights. Several students will travel to Washington, D.C., later this month to accept the award for their “Wounds of Whiteclay,” a multimedia project detailing the issues surrounding the Nebraska town of roughly a dozen people that sells 3.5 million cans of beer annually. Most of that beer is sold to residents of the neighboring Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, which has banned alcohol. The UNL students spent nine months traveling...

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