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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2015 Sovereign Native Youth Leadership Academy
This year's Academy was held on Monday, July 27 - Friday, July 31, 2015, at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska with 40 students participating. Pictured above are the students on the steps of the Nebraska State Capitol.
Ponca Tribe Cultural Director Randy Teboe Visits One of the Bridges Along the Chief Standing Bear Hiker / Biker Trail
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, which had its land taken away in the late 1800s, is getting a trace back: a 19.5-mile trail segment in Southeast Nebraska.
MAY 14-15, 2015
2015 SYMPOSIUM "STANDING BEAR AND THE TRAIL AHEAD"
and the Standing Bear Breakfast
This year's Chief Standing Bear Breakfast Commemoration was held in conjunction with UNL's Center for Great Plains Studies symposium "Standing Bear the the Trail Ahead". The breakfast, featuring keynote speaker Hattie Kauffman was once again a sell out with nearly 800 guests in attendance.
2015 Chief Standing Bear Humanitarian Award Recipient Anne Hubbard
Click here for more videos from the 2015 Chief Standing Bear Symposium.