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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SAVE THE DATE
MAY 14-15, 2015
2015 SYMPOSIUM "STANDING BEAR AND THE TRAIL AHEAD"
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.