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. 


Click here to read more about the commission.





 Congratulations Winnebago!!!

C-1 State Basketball Champions!!!







MAY 14-15, 2015


The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs is pleased to announce the 2015 Symposium, “Standing Bear and the Trail Ahead,” in collaboration with the Center for Great Plains Studies. This event marks the return of the Chief Standing Bear Breakfast Commemoration. This will be the start of a new biennial format that will allow more time and energy to be focused on brining a bigger and better event to program attendees. The 2015 event will still feature the Breakfast Commemoration, but will also bring speakers, performances and discussion to Lincoln for a two day symposium.

The symposium title, a reference to Ponca Chief Standing Bear, reflects the history of Chief Standing Bear’s contribution to our society in his work to gain legal personhood status to Native American peoples. This symposium will examine the status, challenges, and especially the opportunities and prospects that Native Americans face going forward. It will bring together Native thinkers, entrepreneurs, writers, tribal elders, performers, and other 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 the Center for Great Plains Studies for more information.



MAY 14-15, 2015
and the Standing Bear Breakfast







 Chief Standing Bear Essay Contest is now open to a nationwide audience!

New essay question categories have been created for students in elementary, middle, high school and college, and contest is open to all students in the US. Our mission is to generate awareness in our youth and community of the many accomplishments of Nebraska Ponca Chief Standing Bear. Entries are due on April 3, 2015.

Entry rules and further information can be found here.





 The 2015 Chief Standing Bear Scholarship Application Now Available


          Chief Standing Bear’s contributions towards Civil Rights have left a lasting impression on Nebraskans and have had an impact on all Americans as well.

          In Commemoration of his efforts, the Chief Standing Bear Scholarship Committee is offering two $2,500 scholarships to American Indian students who are residents of Nebraska and are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe who will be attending a higher-education institution (e.g. four-year college/university, community college, tribal college, technical school, etc.) in the upcoming fall term (2015).  

Application forms, rules, and information are available here


Lincoln Author Establishes New Scholarship!

Chief Standing Bear Journey for Justice Scholarship

  A new scholarship is now available to Native American students residing in Nebraska.  Local author and University of Nebraska – Lincoln associate professor Joe Starita remarks, "This scholarship was three years in the making and I hope it lasts 300 years. It is a testament to hundreds of Nebraskans who gave generously to honor a great Nebraskan and who now want to help Native students secure a brighter future for themselves and their families." 

Granted by the Chief Standing Bear Journey for Justice Scholarship Fund, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, this scholarship honors Ponca Chief Standing Bear and his contributions to America’s Native peoples. The endowed scholarship fund came to fruition through proceeds of Mr. Starita’s book I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice and the generous contributions of private donors. For more information on how to donate to this scholarship fund visit the Nebraska Community Foundation’s website.

This year two scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to students who demonstrate qualities of leadership, character and academic accomplishment, and who need financial assistance to meet their educational goals. The application can be downloaded here. Scholarship applications must be received by Wednesday, April 1, 2015.