The Nebraska 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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Deadlines Approaching for Chief Standing Bear Essay Contest, Chief Standing Bear Scholarship, and NCIA Sovereign Youth Leadership Camp
Chief Standing Bear Essay Contest
“As the state celebrates its 150th Birthday, what qualities did Chief Standing Bear exhibit that help inspire all of us to keep Nebraska strong?”
Elementary School (4th , 5th Grade)-100 words; Middle School (6th -8 th Grade)-200 words; High School (9th -12th Grade)-300 words; College-500 words
There will be a total of four winners from the contest. Each of the four winners will receive a $25 McDonald’s Arch Card and a Kindle e-Reader courtesy of McDonald’s. The winners will each receive a framed copy of their winning essay. Students will be invited to read their winning essay at a ceremony hosted by the First Lady at the Govenor's Mansion in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Application for Chief Standing Bear Essay Contest Here
Deadline April 1st, 2016
Chief Standing Bear Scholarship
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 enrolled in a tribe and who will be attending a higher-education institution (e.g. fouryear college/university, community college, tribal college, technical school, etc.) in the upcoming fall term.
Apllication for Chief Standing Bear Scholarship Here
Deadline April 1st, 2016
NCIA Sovereign Youth Leadership Camp
This academy is an interactive, handsonexperience equipping you with a variety of skills and abilities to become a future leader in yourcommunity. The purpose of this academy is to empower and further inspire you to become involved inand committed to your education and your community. This is all done while having fun and buildingfriendships and relationships that will last a lifetime! The academy is scheduled for Monday July 25 – Saturday July 30, 2016 The academy will take place at Doane College Campus, 1014 Boswell Avenue,Crete, Nebraska. All expenses for this academy are covered. There is noexpense to participants. Transportation will be provided at no cost fromlocations to be arranged
Application for NCIA Sovereign Youth Leadership Camp Here
Deadline is May 20th, 2016
April 1, 2016 10am - 4pm
Indian Child Welfare Act: Qualified Expert Witness Training
Female Nebraska Leaders attend Brunch with Chelsea Clinton
NCIA Executive Director Judi gaiashkibos attended a breakfast brunch in Lincoln on March 1. The brunch, hosted by State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, featured special guest Chelsea Clinton and was an opportunity for female Nebraska leaders to meet Clinton to discuss issues of importance to Nebraskans. Director gaiashkibos shared information about the Indian Commission and its programs and discussed issues of importance to the agency’s constituents.
(Pictured Starting from the Left: Christa Yoakum, Nebraska Appleseed and Lancaster County Democrats. Mary Herres, Nebraska Democratic Women Caucus Chair. Jane Raybould, Lincoln City Council. Sara Howard, Nebraska State Senator LD 9 (Omaha). Marta Nieves, Hispanic Caucus Chair (Omaha). Crystal Rhoades, Nebraska Public Service Commission (Omaha). Chelsea Clinton. Judi gaiashkibos, Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs. Patty Pansing Brooks, Nebraska State Senator, LD 28 (Lincoln). Beatty Braesch, Center for People in Need. Behind Beatty and Patty, Kim Robak, Mueller Robak and former Lt. Governor.)
Winnebago Tribe Hosts Legislative Luncheon
NCIA Executive Director Judi gaiashkibos and commissioners Louis LaRose and Kenneth Mallory attended the Winnebago Tribe's Legislative Luncheon January 19th, 2016 at the Nebraska State Capitol. Tribal Council representatives along with Lance Morgan from Ho-Chunk Inc. presented information to senators about the successes and growth of Winnebago Tribe.
Pictured above is Director gaiashkibos with State Senator Dave Bloomfield (to her right), LaRose (seated front) and Mallory (far left) along with members of the Winnebago Tribal Council.
Nebraska Tribal Leaders Attend Governor's State of the State Address
Representatives of Nebraska Tribes along with NCIA director Judi gaiashkibos, and NCIA Vice Chair Tom Brewer were guests of Governor Rickett's State of the State Address at the Nebraska State Capitol on January 14th, 2016.
Tribal Representatives Discuss Legislative Issues
Representatives from the Omaha, Winnebago, Santee Sioux and Ponca Tribes as well as the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs and State Senator Brett Lindstrom met with Nebraska State Senator Tyson Larson in Lincoln on Thursday, November 12 to discuss a variety of issues including economic development, education and social services. The purpose of the work group is to identify issues and opportunities for Nebraska tribes that can be addressed by legislation in the next legislative session which convenes in January. The group plans to conduct several more meetings yet this year so they can discuss issues in more detail.
Ponca Tribal Member Katie Brossy to Receive 40 Under 40 Award
The National Center for American Enterprise Development (NCAIED) recently announced Ponca Tribal member Katie Brossy as one of the 2015 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients. This prestigious award is bestowed upon individuals under the age of 40, nominated by members of their communities, who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and their community.
Ms. Brossy is the daughter of NCIA Executive Director Judi gaiashkibos and is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska as an undergrad and then received her J.D. in 2005 from Columbia Law School, where she was a staff editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and co-chair of the Native American Law Student Association.
Brossy currently serves as counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP where she advises clients regarding American Indian law and policy. Ms. Brossy is a member of the Washington office’s diversity committee and is also past president of the Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C. She was also recently named to the board of the Notah Begay III Foundation.
Award recipients will be honored during a gala at the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) New Mexico at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Winners will be officially honored during the 40th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards (INPRO) Gala on Wednesday, November 18th.
Nebraska Tribal Leaders Attend Tribal Nations Conference
Nebraska Tribal leaders recently participated in the 7th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. The President and members of his Cabinet discussed issues of importance to tribal leaders, with an emphasis on ways the Administration could continue to make progress on improving nation-to-nation relationships and ensuring these gains continue in future Administrations.
(At right) Ponca Tribal Chair and NCIA board member Larry Wright, Jr. meets with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
NCIA Executive Director Honored for 20 Years of Service
NCIA Executive Director Judi gaiashkibos was honored by Lt. Governor Mike Foley at the Nebraska State Capitol on October 28 for her 20 years of service to the State of Nebraska. Her 20 years of service have all been as Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs.
NCIA Sovereign Native Youth Leadership Camp
Leader Rebekka Schlichting Receives Honor
The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs is pleased to announce that our 2015 NCIA Sovereign Native Youth Leadership camp leader Rebekka Schlichting has been selected to be honored as one of 30 students recognized on the University of Nebraska’s “Franco’s List”. This honor is named after Juan Franco, UNL vice chancellor for student affairs.
Recipients are nominated by other students, staff or faculty for this prestigious honor. The award recognizes UNL students for their integrity and outstanding character. Schlichting and other recipients will be recognized on November 10th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at UNL’s Union Auditorium, located in the Nebraska Union.
Indian Commission Representatives Meet with Governor
Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs NCIA Executive Director Judi gaiashkibos and board vice chairman Thomas Brewer met with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts on October 14 to discuss tribal issues including Whiteclay. Director gaiashkibos also met with Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson earlier in the day to discuss Whiteclay related issues.
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2015 Sovereign Native Youth Leadership Academy
This year's Leadership 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.
MAY 14-15, 2015
2015 Breakfast and Symposium "Standing Bear and the Trail Ahead"
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
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