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.

 Click here to read more about the commission.

Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915) lived on the Nebraska frontier during a time of violent change.  As a child she watched an Indian woman die because the white doctor never showed up:  “It was only an Indian and it did not matter.”  So she became a doctor herself, graduating first in her class from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. She returned home to a tribe ravaged by disease and alcohol and devoted the rest of her life to healing wounds of body and spirit.

To learn more about the Medicine Woman and the Documentary visit the NET webpage:

2016 Hubbard Lecture: First Peoples of the Plains





NSBA Indian Law Section Book Series - Legal Codes and Talking Trees: Indigenous Women’s Sovereignty

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NSBA Indian Law Section Book Series - Tribal Justice: 25 Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice




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October 4, 2016 – 7pm - Charles Wright – Law at Little Big Horn: Due Process Denied 

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Nebraska woman claims silver medal in 400-meter race at Paralympics


Becerra-Madsen claimed the silver medal in the 400-meter race on Sunday night at the Paralympics in Brazil.

Omaha Paralympian Cheri Becerra-Madsen Needs Your Help To Get To Rio




DR. ROBIN KIMMERER, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, is the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Her talk examines traditional indigenous approaches to the environment and the valuable lessons it teaches.



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A Linguistic Sea Change Across Indian Country

 Charles Trimble on Native Language         




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White Clay situation demands answers


Riley Slezak on White Clay situation





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NCIA Welcomes New Employee

The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs is pleased to announce that Whitney Speer has joined our team as Administrative Secretary. Whitney is originally from Lexington, NE. and has recently relocated to Lincoln, NE. Whitney’s educational background is in the Health Science Fields and holds an Associate degree. She is excited for this opportunity and looking forward to employment within NCIA.




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Ponca Tribal Member Katie Brossy Receives Two 40 Under 40 Awards

The Washington DC region is the center of the universe for legal talent and home to the world's best firms.  Tens of thousands of top notch lawyers practice in DC and the Trending 40 is going to honor some of the best of DC Lawyers under the age of 40 on June 15th, 2016. We are proud to announce that Katie Brossy was among that list of outstanding lawyers. 

The National Center for American Enterprise Development (NCAIED) also 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. Award recipients were honored during a gala at the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) New Mexico at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Winners were officially honored during the 40th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards (INPRO) Gala on Wednesday, November 18th.   

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.