The Commission on Indian Affairs is a State Agency...

and was established in 1971. It consists of 14 Indian commissioners appointed by the Governor of Nebraska and one "ex-officio" member representing the Pawnee tribe. The commission's mission is "to do all things which it may determine to enhance the cause of Indian rights and to develop solutions to problems common to all Nebraska Indians." It is the state liaison between the four headquarter tribes of the Omaha, Ponca, Santee Sioux and Winnebago Tribes of Nebraska. It helps ensure the sovereignty of both tribal and state governments are recognized and acted upon in a true government-to-government relationship. The commission serves off-reservation Indian communities by helping assure they are afforded the right to equitable opportunities in the areas of housing, employment, education, health care, economic development and human/civil rights within Nebraska. 


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NCIA Staff Meets with Senator Deb Fischer

NCIA staff members Scott Shafer (right), Judi gaiashkibos (center right), and Naomi Szpot (left) meet with U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (center left) to convey our thanks for introducing the Standing Bear companion bill to the Senate.


Pictured: U.S. Senator Deb Fischer and NCIA Executive Director Judi gaiashkibos 


U.S. Senators Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer introduce legislation regarding proposed Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail 

The legislation introduced on July 31st, is similar to the legislation Rep. Jeff Fortenberry introduced into the House of Representatives earlier in July requesting a feasibility study for the trail.

""By attempting to fulfill his dying son's last wish, Chief Standing Bear set upon a path to recognize the dignity inherent with his people, and established himself as a major figure in the American struggle for civil rights," Fischer said."

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Rep. Jeff Fortenberry testifies in Congress on Chief Standing Bear Trail

On Tuesday, July 29th Congressman Fortenberry provided testimony during hearing regarding the possibility of a Chief Standing Bear Trail.




Twenty-four Omaha Public School students participating in “Making Invisible Histories Visible,” lead by Emily Brush, the project’s coordinator, meet with NCIA Executive Director, Judi gaiashkibos. 

Photo courtesy of Naomi Szpot, NCIA staff; also pictured Scott Shafer, Admin Sec, and NCIA intern Alexander Mallory


 Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs Executive Director, Judi gaiashkibos, meets with Omaha Public School students to discuss contemporary issues in Indian Country and share information about the ongoing initiatives lead by the Commission.


For more information on Making Invisible Histories Visible and the Native American student project, click here.














 Chief Standing Bear Breakfast Event takes a Break in 2014 to Prepare for 2015 Symposium



The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs has partnered with the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska to create an event for 2015 that will mark the return of the Chief Standing Bear Breakfast Commemoration after a break in 2014. Th­is will be the start of a new biennial format for the event that will allow more time and energy to be focused on bringing bigger and better events to program attendees. ­ The 2015 event will still feature the Breakfast Commemoration, but will also bring speakers, performances and discussion to Lincoln for two days on the topic of “Standing Bear and the Trail Ahead.”


Despite enduring problems, First Peoples in Nebraska, the Great Plains and this country today face dramatically improving prospects for their futures.  Th­is symposium will examine the status, challenges, and especially the opportunities and prospects that Native Americans face going forward. It will bring together leading Native thinkers, entrepreneurs, writers, tribal elders, performers, and others with scholars, academics, and public officials.


Hattie Kauff­man, Former CBS and ABC correspondent and author of the memoir “Falling into Place,” will be the keynote breakfast speaker. Visit or for more information.




 Chief Standing Bear Trail


 Check out the wonderful story on the Chief Standing Bear Trail.  We are dedicated to making this dream a reality.  Thank you also to State Sentor Dubas and the Nebraska State Senators who voted for a legislative resolution in support of recognition of this trail.