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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Tribal Representives 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.
120 students from the Social Justice, Human Rights and Media class in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska Lincoln start social media campaign "Whiteclay Week" from November 15th - 20th, 2015. This campaign is intended to bring awareness to the devastating effects resulting from the sale of alcohol in Whiteclay, NE. To learn more about this effort you can visit their Facebook group:
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.
Nebraska Appleseed Honors Frank LaMere at the 2015 Golden Apple Awards
Nebraska Appleseed hosted this year’s Good Apple Awards on Thursday, October 22. The celebrations honor Nebraskans who have “stood up for justice and opportunity for all”. Winnebago tribal member, Frank LaMere was honor with the 2015 Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award at Thursday evening's awards ceremony. Please see below for Mr. LaMere’s acceptance remarks for the award.
Friends, family, guests, all my relations,
Upon the loss of my daughter Lexie Wakan in January 2014 I told my family, the Winnebago people and some gathered here that all I do and all I hope to do will be done in her name with her courage and dreams for the people uppermost in my mind. I reaffirm that as I accept this acknowledgement tonight.
In the past, I have rhetorically stated at gatherings like this, that if things were different perhaps she would be here talking to you now! I am wrong in doing that! She is here! She will whisper in your ear and challenge all of you saying, “This is my father. This is who he is, and this is what he does for the people! He does the best that he can. He is bold! We should all be that way.” That is what I believe.
On Saturday, along with some of you, I hiked, and I climbed, and I staggered to the top of Hinhan Kaga, what you know as Harney Peak, in the sacred Black Hills. It is the holiest of places to the Lakota people. I am not young, and I do not walk well. It was very hard for me, but it was good. I felt very close to god.
Led by my son, prayers and petitions were offered up for ourselves, our families, for our work and for those who suffer at Whiteclay. We remembered especially the children.
As we descended we came across a dozen young men, all native and all from across North America who were going up to pray. They stopped to talk to me and to let me encourage them. They knew of my work. I told them to strive for humility and to do those things that would help the people. We all shook hands and went away. As I reflect back it was odd to me that as I reached the base of Hinhan Kaga young men were starting up. Maybe it was supposed to be that way! Maybe I am to understand!
Every chance I get I remind us all that everything we do is preordained. I have come to know that! There is no coincidence! We are brought together under this Appleseed Center banner to continue the work for our families, our extended families and for all of the people. We are privileged to do it, as I am privileged to accept this Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award. I am humbled! I stand on the shoulders of many. I do the best I can! I am bold!
Thank you. Pi-nah-gi-gi.
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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