“About 700 people attended the Chief Standing Bear Breakfast on Saturday at the Hilton Omaha. The event honors and celebrates Standing Bear’s message of “equality before the law.” This marked the first time the annual event, organized by the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, was held in Omaha. It was held in conjunction with the Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. At the breakfast, these awards were presented: Humanitarian Award: To Santee Sioux Chairman Roger Trudell, for his longtime service to the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, especially related to youth and senior citizen education, employment development and health initiatives. Organizational Awards: To Native Daughters and Dreams of Eagles. Native Daughters is a collection of stories, profiles and multimedia projects produced by students in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications under professor Joe Starita. Dreams of Eagles was recognized for organizing cultural activities and classes to assist native people living in urban settings to maintain their cultural traditions. 2012 Chief Standing Bear $2,500 Scholarships: Aaron Ashley, Princella Parker, Shauntel Upton and Ruben Zendejas. 2012 McDonald’s Chief Standing Bear essay contest — Vanessa Laravie Rodriguez, Angel Strong, Patience Teboe and Hung Vo. In addition to prizes, their essays will be printed on McDonald’s tray liners for use in restaurants across Nebraska.”

Published in the Omaha World Herald on Sunday May 13, 2012.