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History & Stories of Nebraska - Two Sioux Chiefs
         Two great chiefs, Red Cloud and Spotted Tail, of the Oglala and Brule tribes, stand out above all others in the history of the Sioux nation. Their names are forever famous in the story of Nebraska. Their lives covered the critical periods in the annals of their people, from early contact with fur traders, through the great wars to the final settlement of the Sioux nation in its present home.

Native American Research
         It goes without saying that doing Native American Research is difficult. Over the long history of the settlement of this country many records were either never created or were lost in the shuffle of time.
          Here are a few good sites that may help your research. Make sure you do your homework and try to have names, dates, or tribal names on hand. There are several query sites available but the more information you provide, the easier it is to find an answer to your query.
          Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas share some of the Sioux Nation along with many other various tribes and families. Try to know for sure which tribe and area you are researching.

Native American Tribal Land Cessions in Nebraska
         NATIVE AMERICANS MEET THE CHALLENGES "When homesteaders arrived on the Great Plains, they found a challenging environment where survival was the goal. The native tribal people had been meeting these same challenges for thousands of years and had evolved complex economic, agricultural and cultural methods of coping. What was life like for the Native Americans in the mid- to late-1800s on the Great Plains?" - quote from the Website

Omaha or Omahan Tribe of Indians
         Hundreds of years ago, the Omaha Indians lived in the middle and south Atlantic regions of the United States. They gradually migrated west with other Plains Indians until they split off in South Dakota and ended up in what is now Nebraska. In 1854 the Omaha tribe gave way to the pressure of incoming white settlers and sold the majority of the land they held to the U.S. government. Today, the Omaha Reservation is located in the northeastern corner of Nebraska on 31,148 acres.

State of Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
         Hundreds of years ago, the Omaha Indians lived in the middle and south Atlantic regions of the United States. The Commission on Indian Affairs was established in 1971 and consists of 14 Indian commissioners appointed by the Governor. Additionally, the commission has one "ex-officio" member representing the Pawnee tribe. The commission's statutory 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."



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