Tribal community celebrates first Indigenous Peoples' Day in Nebraska


October 13, 2021

Native dancers perform during Indigenous People's Day events inside the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska, on October 11, 2021. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

LINCOLN, Nebraska - Tribal leaders, state officials and descendants of America's first indigenous doctor celebrated Nebraska's first Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday with song, words and cultural presentations.

They gathered in the Capitol Rotunda, members of the state's four federally recognized tribes – the Omaha, Santee, Winnebago and Ponca people. They sang at drums. They carried flags representing the four tribes, flags that will remain permanently in the state Capitol following legislation passed in 2020.

The state's first Native state senator, Tom Brewer, sponsored the amendment that led to the four tribes' flags being permanently displayed in the Capitol. He attached the amendment to a bill establishing Indigenous People's Day.


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