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.




 Important News About the 2015 Chief Standing Bear Breakfast


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.


Daughter of Native Activist Frank LaMere Passes  

 NCIA sadly notes the passing of Lexie Wakan LaMere, daughter of Native activist Frank LaMere.

Lexie passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014. Services were held on Monday, January 6, 2014 at Saint Augustine Church in Winnebago, Nebraska.

Our agency expresses sympathy to Lexie's family.

For news stories about her passing please follow the links below:

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.