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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Whiteclay Grant Application

This document provides for the issuance of state aid as mandated by Legislative Bill 1002. The Nebraska State Legislature has assigned to the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs the duty to solicit requests for state assistance from Nebraska city government, county government, Indian reservation and political subdivisions located within a 30 mile radius of Whiteclay, Nebraska. The purpose of this assistance must be to address economic development, health care, or law enforcement needs in the aforementioned areas. Contact us for an...

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2009 Native American Read-In

As part of the observance of Native American Heritage Month, the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs and Lincoln City Libraries sponsored an American Indian Read-In on December 3rd. Native readers of all ages read excerpts from works by or about Native Americans at the event. This event was recorded by Lincoln’s Channel 5 for rebroadcast at various times and dates. View Channel 10 News Coverage of the...

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Tribal Health Roundtable With Senator Johanns

A tribal health meeting with Senator Johanns took place at his Omaha office on July 1st. The purpose of this meeting was to give tribal representatives an opportunity to focus exclusively on Native healthcare issues. Representatives voiced a variety of concerns including: Attempting to service growing populations with inadequate funding Health care monies being eaten up by critical care “level one” problems leaving precious little funding for prevention programs Unique challenges serving an economically disadvantaged, mostly rural minority population. Johanns who is a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, stated that this position on the committee allows him to work closely with the chairman to try to find solutions to the health care problems discussed at the...

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Nebraska Tribal Representatives Meet With U.S. Senator Johanns

Representatives of the Omaha, Ponca, Santee Sioux and Winnebago tribes as well as representatives of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs met with Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns, his State Director, Nancy Johner, and his Omaha Director of Constituent Services, Emily Brummund. The meeting took place at Johanns’ Omaha office on April 4. The purpose of the meeting was to give the tribes an opportunity to meet with Johanns, who is a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Commitee, and share with him the issues that each tribe is facing. Key issues identified by the tribes included health care, law...

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