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 enforcement, improving tribal courts, and state/federal tribal relationships.

The tribal leaders and Johanns discussed how they can work together on these issues and establish a better working relationship with members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.