Nebraska Tribal Veterans Ceremony Honors Nebraska Veterans

The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs hosted its annual tribal veterans ceremony on the 14th floor of the Nebraska State Capitol on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. This ceremony honored Nebraska’s tribal veterans, with special recognition to the contributions of World War II veterans. Representatives of Nebraska’s four federally recognized tribes participated at the event which featured keynote speaker Charles “Chuck” Trimble. This event is part of the Indian Commission’s observance of Native American Heritage Month and also serves as an opportunity to display the tribal flags of the four Nebraska tribes (Omaha, Santee Sioux, Ponca and Winnebago). These flags are being flown on the 14th floor the entire month of November in recognition of Native American...

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Department of Veterans Affairs and Indian Health Service Sign Memorandum of Understanding

WASHINGTON –Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and The Indian Health Service (IHS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which will help both agencies improve the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Veterans. The IHS-VA MOU outlines a new plan for enhanced coordination, collaboration, and resource-sharing that will draw on the strengths and expertise of the two agencies. Read More...

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Standing Bear

2010 marks the 102nd anniversary of Ponca Chief Standing Bear’s death as well as the 6th annual Chief Standing Bear State Commemoration Celebration in the State Capitol Rotunda and the 5th annual Chief Standing Bear Breakfast at the Cornhusker Hotel Ballroom in downtown Lincoln. A record crowd of over 500 turned out for this year’s Chief Standing Breakfast on Friday, May 21st. Activist, environmentalist, economist and author Winona LaDuke was the keynote speaker at this year’s breakfast. Scholarships were presented to two outstanding Native American students for the fourth straight year, and entertainment was provided by the Standing Eagle Native American drum group. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Tribe received this year’s Chief Standing Bear Humanitarian Award at the State Commemoration Celebration which took place on Friday, May 14 at the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda. In addition to the Humanitarian Award, the University of Nebraska-UNITE student group, the Great Platte River Road Archway, Don Doll, S.J., and the SEPA Community Poster Project each received a Chief Standing Bear Organizational Award. This year’s Commemoration also featured the four 4th and 5th grade winners of the Chief Standing Bear Essay contest, which is sponsored by McDonalds. The event also featured a performance by the St. Augustine Children’s Drum Group. The premier performance of “Waaxe’s Law” was also held on Thursday, May 13 at the Johnny Carson Theatre in the Lied Performing Arts...

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