Chief Standing Bear Honor Will Have To Wait


December 25, 2014 by Brent Martin It got half-way there. It will have to wait until next year to see if Congress will approve creation of a Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail. The United States House approved by voice vote a bill sponsored by Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, but it… [ Read More ]

Fortenberry Legislation to Designate Standing Bear Trail Passes Committee


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry announced that the House Natural Resources Committee today passed his legislation directing the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail (H.R. 5806). Fortenberry previously testified before the Subcommittee on… [ Read More ]

A Rich History, A Bright Future


By: U.S. Senator Deb Fischer Native Americans are an important part of our state’s rich cultural heritage. For thousands of years, several different tribes – descendants of the Plains Indians—inhabited the land that is now within our state boundaries. One of Nebraska’s most famous Native Americans was Chief… [ Read More ]

NCIA Executive Director Meets with Senator Mike Johanns


NCIA Executive Director Judi M. gaiashkibos and her daughter Katie Brossy, an attorney at Akin Gump DC office serving as the pro bono legal consultant on the bill, met with Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns to discuss legislation to designate the Chief Standing Bear Trail as a National Historic… [ Read More ]

Chief Standing Bear: Retracing the Steps of a Civil Rights Leader


Mike Johanns An imprisoned Native American chief, an unlikely cadre of Nebraskans and a harrowing journey led to one of America’s earliest civil rights victories 135 years ago. In an Omaha court room, Ponca Chief Standing Bear argued that Native Americans are people and should have equal protections… [ Read More ]