The Center is committed to increasing the scholarship about and appreciation for Native American history, cultures, art, and peoples. In partnership with local tribal leaders, the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, and Native scholars, writers, and other collaborators, the Center has completed several projects and events of note, including the 2015 Great Plains Symposium "Standing Bear and the Trail Ahead."
'Great Plains Indians'
The Center kicked off its Discover the Great Plains small book series with Great Plains Indians by David Wishart, geography professor at UNL and Center for Great Plains Studies Fellow. The book covers 13,000 years of fascinating, dynamic, and often tragic history. It's a compelling introduction to Indian life on the Plains through the present day.
'The Long Struggle'
The story of Standing Bear’s trial is celebrated in the region as a story of courtroom triumph and the recognition of Indians as persons under U.S. law. The story of the removal and eventual return of the Ponca people that preceded the trial is a lesser-known story. This Center book, The Long Struggle: Standing Bear and the Ponca, by Kaci Nash, follows the Ponca Tribe’s tragic forced removal from its Nebraska homeland in 1877 to “Indian Territory” (Oklahoma) and Ponca Chief Standing Bear’s extraordinary return to Nebraska with a small band of followers.