Indian Center Taco
*INDIAN TACO FUNDRAISERS are held the last Tuesday of each month (11:30am-1:00pm)
-Contact Person: Kathleen Harlan 402-438-5231, x131

*AA Meetings are held Monday-Friday from 5:15pm-6:15pm (Group name: Happy Hour).

*Perishable food distribution is every Thursday at 10:00am.
-Contact Person: Kathleen 402.438.5231, x131

*Food Boxes are assembled every Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 1:00-3:00pm.
 -Contact Person:Kathleen 402.438.5231, x131

corn soup & fry bread by Edna Freemont
*Senior Lunch Program is held M-F from 11:00-12:00pm.
-Contact Person: Kathleen 402.438.5231, x131

*Low Income Star Tran bus passes are $8.00.
-Contact: Jacinda Stabler 402.438.5231, x105

*LEGAL AID for Native Americans, Attorney visits for face-to-face consultation on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 9:00am-noon.
-Contact: Jacinda 402.438.5231, x105
 
*FREE Income Tax Preparation offered year-round by appointment.
-Contact: Jacinda 402.438.5231, x105

*Youth tutoring sessions are for those who need assistance with Math, History, Science, English, & Writing, and all tutors are required to continously check each students grades and access the pinnacle for missing assignments as they assist the students.  The Youth Program currently serves ages 10-18, and all parents will be contacted and encouraged to support their child in any way that they can. Transportation is available to the first 12 students, and parents are encouraged to transport if the bus is full. 
-Contact Person: Rose Springer at 402-438-5231, x104

*Every 3rd Wednesday, every other month Indian Center Inc. Board of Director's Meeting is held at 6pm 
 -Contact Person: Clyde Tyndall 402-438-5231, x102

 

Community News

Native Connections for Life

Youth playing stickball
Indian Center Inc.’s Native Connections for Life is a year-long, open-enrollment youth program serving ages 8-24 with three culture-focused curriculum developed by Native Americans to aid personal development, communication skills, prevent risky behaviors, and support Native youth and communities. Native Connections for Life takes both an evidence-based and holistic approach towards enriching the lives and minds of Native children and young adults.

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August 15, 2016 City Council Meeting

At 3:00pm, representatives from the Indian Center attended the City of Lincoln's Council meeting to address the unsightly fence bordering our grounds as well as recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day. The City Council meeting was held in the Council Chambers in the City-County Building (just north of the Hall of Justice) at 555 S. 10th St., Lincoln (approximately 10th & K Streets), room 112. Two council members particularly seemed concerned about the perplexing issue. An article ran in the August 16, 2016 Lincoln Journal-Star, bringing more colored voices into the fray, but we remain confident that our request was heard and will be resolved.

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Successful Backpack Event

On Friday, August 12, the SENNAC Second Fridays Family Cultural Nights program combined forces with LPS Indian Education to offer backpacks and supplies to Native American children.

Backpack event

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Peace & Dignity Journeys Stop in Lincoln!

Indian Center, Inc. was honored to host the Peace & Dignity Journeys group as they came, feet pounding pavement, bearing ceremonial staffs from all over the North, Central and Southern American continent. 

“...We look to the seeds as memory keepers and defense when diabetes, cancer, alcoholism and other preventable diseases have afflicted our people.”

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8th Annual Celebration

The Indian Center is proud to present our 8th Annual Celebration in honor of our 47th Anniversary.
Master of Ceremonies for the event is Mitchell "Chiefie" Parker. Co-MC is Frank BearKiller and we have Kennard Parker as our Whip Man, we are going Hethuska style this year so Grand Entry may look a little different than a typical Grand Entry at an Inter-Tribal powwow. Our Arena Director is William St. Cyr, and our local city council representative Carl Eskridge will speak following Grand Entry, the flag song and tail dances Saturday afternoon.

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Minority Health Initiative

p2 of MHI brochure
The Minority Health Initiative unites eight organizations with goals to increase healthy living and access to health care in Lincoln. Indian Center is leading the effort, which has three areas of priority focus: diabetes, cardiovascular diesase, and obesity. All services are income-based.

See the full MHI program brochure for more information!

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Board Member Laid to Rest: Edna M. Freemont

One of the Indian Center's Board of Directors' longest-serving members, family and community advocate Edna M. Freemont, was laid to rest today at Wyuka Cemetary here in Lincoln, NE. Born on the Omaha Indian reservation, Freemont chose to remain in Lincoln with her children and grandchildren, including an infant grandson lost in 2001, whose plot at Wyuka is just feet from her own.

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Happy New Year

Photo greeting compiled from our New Year's Eve event.

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Back to the 1800s

Total blame was shouldered by the Indian Center for an isolated unfortunate situation last fall during football season. The ramifications have caused much distress for many in the community in ways that most people are likely unaware.

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Show Your Support

Whether it's the gift of a dining room table so that a family doesn't have to eat together on the floor, blankets and clothing for a newborn baby, or a food package to make meals stretch through to payday, the Indian Center is a place that hundreds of people from the Lincoln community and beyond have found to come for help. We aren't an emergency shelter, but people will show up at our doorstep with nothing, seeking direction and any guidance we can offer.

When a single mom hastily relocated to Lincoln to escape an abusive situation, she arrived and found that she was able to receive from the Indian Center a can of formula and diapers for her baby, a bus pass free of charge to look for a job, and some assorted clothing and household items. The children were able to sign up for Christmas programs to receive gifts despite arriving after most holiday program deadlines. The family now regularly attends free cultural events at the Indian Center on the weekends for cultural and social enrichment. Completing the circle, her three oldest children have begun to volunteer their time to help our causes. 

Our annual powwow in August is a great way for people to get in touch with their own Native American roots, or get some exposure to a culture different than their own, without even leaving the city of Lincoln. We thank you for your contributions. 

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Indian Center Inc.
Phone: 402.438.5231
Fax: 402.438.5236
1100 Military Road, Lincoln, NE 68508