*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
*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
ICI Executive Director
Tyndall has led the Indian Center since May 2005, now rendering him the longest-serving Executive Director of the Indian Center (previously held by Syd Beane with ten years as Director). Prior to lending his expertise to the Indian Center, he served as Chief of Tribal Operations at the Omaha Tribe and as Assistant Tribal Business Manager for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Tyndall has been key to envisioning new avenues of interest and securing additional grant funding as well as restoring competency and accountability to Indian Center programs. He is a U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran and member of the Omaha Tribe (Elk clan).
Robinette has been hard at work at the Center since 1996 and is enrolled Santee Sioux, raised in Niobrara, NE. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration-Accounting, which he earned while a single parent (1994).
Rose has been busy as a bee since starting at the Indian Center in March 1996! She received a post-secondary certificate in business and has been in the accounting field longer than most of our clients have been alive.
Executive Assistant/Family Needs
Jacinda started as an AmeriCorps member for the Youth Program in September 2006, moving to administrative and client support in September 2007, and is a State of Nebraska Notary Public. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2005 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is an enrolled member of the Omaha Tribe. She is a past Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Volunteer Partners in Lincoln and has six children (leaving no free time for former creative pursuits, and she apologizes in advance for her lateness).
Commodity Foods Program Director
Kathleen is a member of the Omaha Tribe and has been at the Indian Center since the spring of 2010. She started out as the receptionist and has worked her way up to Food Programs Director. She has an Associate of Arts degree in Business from Ashford University. She makes excellent fry bread which builds the foundation for the Indian Center's delicious Indian Taco sales and works both tirelessly and competently to bring compliance to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Ms. Harlan also oversees the grounds, building reservations, and volunteers.
Omaha WIA Site Director,
5752 Ames Ave, Omaha, NE 68104
Phone: 402-932-3351, or 402-934-2812
Ms. Dabney began working at the Workforce Investment Act Program Omaha site of November 2008. Ms. Dabney is a member of the Omaha Tribe. She serves on the Heartland Workforce Solutions (HWS) Board in Omaha and also is a member of the HWS Youth Council. She is a member of the Native American Achievement Council and a member of the Re-Entry Table Talk Group of Omaha, Nebraska.
|Juanita "Jina" Red Nest
Scottsbluff WIA Site Director & Youth Suicide Prevention Outreach Worker
1603 2nd Ave, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Ms. Red Nest is Oglala Lakota and Oneida (of Wisconsin) and has been with the Indian Center at the Scottsbluff office since 2004.
Cristi J. Thaut, M.A.
Ms. Thaut spent twelve years working as an educator and informal career advisor at Southeast Community College in Lincoln. Prior to teaching and advising, she was an Assistant Project Manager for two rural education grants in Nebraska. Ms. Thaut earned her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science in 1995 from Hastings College, Hastings, NE; and a Master’s in English from University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1997.
Ms. Thaut is the mother of four busy boys. She also volunteers for UNL Extension Master Gardeners, her sons’ Boy Scout Pack, Lincoln Public Schools, and the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, all of which she has helped with event organizing, fundraising, and teaching.
Nettie Grant Sikyta
Nettie is a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. She and her husband have four adult children and six grandchildren. She retired from state government (as the Native American Health Liaison for the Office of Minority Health & Human Services, Beatrice State Developmental Center, Office of Economic Development, and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office) after over twenty-four years prior to joining the staff at the Indian Center as the Youth Suicide Prevention Program Director as well as the Youth Director. She has served on many boards, committees, advisory boards and work groups. She previously served as a member of the Indian Center, Inc. Board of Directors.
Enrolled member of the Omaha Nation, Rose spent her elementary school years at the Macy Public School and went on to graduate from Flandreau Indian High School.
Kucera joined the Indian Center with the Ponca Language Dictionary Project in 2014. She holds an Associate’s degree in English Education and Bachelor’s degree in English Writing, she received an English language teaching certificate through the Cambridge University in Prague, Czech Republic. She has worked previously with the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska as a youth program coordinator and as an Assistant Park Superintendent at Ponca State Park. Kucera has been the Associate Editor of NEBRASKAland Magazine since 2013. In addition to writing and photography, her interests include history, music, art and traveling— especially via foot, horseback, canoe and kayak.
Greg Donovan, M.P.A
Mr. Donovan rejoined the Indian Center in the spring of 2015 to lead the Society of Care project providing mental health services to youth and families. Previously he held management, fund development, and community relations positions with community action agencies, state government, United Way, and the Indian Center. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit leadership.
Lucinda Mesteth is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Oyate. She originally reigns from Kyle, SD home of the mighty Mustangs. She grew up in Medicine Root District, Three Mile Creek and American Horse Creek running cattle with her many cousins. Lucinda is a veteran and proudly served her country in the Army during the Gulf War. After a long career in warehouse management, she returned to school to attain an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Southeast Community College. Currently, she is studying at University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeking dual matriculation in Business Management and Spanish Language. Lucinda has worked in various positions with the Indian Center over the last 5 years (i.e. AmeriCorps, Youth Coalition under the COC grant, Project/Administration Assistant, CSFP and Facilities Director and most recently Society of Care Assistant Director). She also participated as a member of the Indian Parent Advisory Council with Lincoln Public Schools.
Michael is a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska/Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Bachelors of Science Degree in Education. He has utilized his education to assist children in a teaching environment, which is conducive to both their educational and cultural needs. Michael has worked with children and adults for over fifteen years, majority in a substance abuse field. He has blended western treatment approaches with Native American teachings into lesson plans, which have strong cultural implication for youth to learn from a holistic perspective. He received a (PLADC) Provisional License for Alcohol and Drug Counselors, through the Department of Health and Human Services. He works at the Indian Center with Native Connections for Life, where he will utilize his many skills to work with youth.
Society of Care Navigator, Lincoln
Renee Geller is an enrolled member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.
She is a Native American mother, grandmother, auntie, and wife.
Renee is a child advocate, Native American advocate and a women's advocate.
As Native people we suffered from poverty, displacement and historical trauma,
yet this does not define us. We also have the strength to overcome those obstacles, and with help, our children are helping to preserve our unique tribal heritages. Renee graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Health Care Administration.
Edison Red Nest III
Society of Care Navigator, Alliance area
402-438-5231, Ext. 129
Mr. Red Nest III is a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He has a passion for cultural teachings that he learned from his brothers. He enjoys teaching Native American values and traditions to Native American youth. He is also the owner of Native Futures in Alliance, NE, a for-profit, drug and alcohol recovery and support business.
Michael Melhorn, LIMHP
Michael is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha with Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling. He has worked in the Human Services field for over thirty years as a Youth Worker, Child Protective Service Worker, Therapist and Supervisor. He has worked at the Lincoln Regional Center and held staff privileges at St. Joseph and Midlands Hospitals. He has served as Clinical Director at Children’s Square and Camelot Care. In addition, he has maintained a private psychotherapy practice for the past 15 years, working mainly with children and families. He is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and works at the Indian Center with the Many Nations Healing Counseling Services. In his spare time, Michael enjoys teaching Taekwondo and studying Brazilian Jiujitsu and Judo. He also makes an effort at trying to learn Spanish and play the guitar.
Dr. Anitra Warrior
Society of Care Mental Health Counselor, MorningStar Counseling
Anitra Warrior is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. She was raised in White Eagle, OK and returns home regularly for cultural and family events. Ms.Warrior is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner who has devoted her clinical work to serving the American Indian population. She continues to employ culturally appropriate methods for service delivery and strives to create a system of care that promotes holistic healing for the people she serves.
Ms. Warrior graduated from Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago, NE with an Asssociate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts. She then transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a PhD in August 2015.
Willie Austin, BS PLADC
Society of Care Navigator
5752 Ames Avenue
Omaha, NE 68104
Willie holds an Associate's Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling and a Bachelor 's Degree in Behavioral Science. He has worked as a Residential Addiction Counselor for Catholic Charities in the last 5-years and is an Iraq Veteran who retired with over 20 years of service.
Society of Care Navigator, Santee Sioux Nation
Clarissa LaPlante is an enrolled member of Omaha Nation. She has resided in Santee, Nebraska since 1986 along with her husband Charles LaPlante and six children. Clarissa graduated from Nebraska Indian Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration and Clerical. She attended the PACT Training to become an Alcohol and Drug Counselor in 2001 and decided on moving to Santee Clinic to become Health Representative and EMT. She attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska where she is a certified Emergency Medical Tech (EMT) since 1994, Certified Nurse's Aide/Medication Aide. Clarissa had worked for Dakota Tiwahe Services Unit (DTSU) as Child Protective Safety Worker (CPSW) where she attended 6 months of training through Dept. of Health & Human Services of Nebraska. She was employed with DTSU since 2005, taking one year off and returning as an Indian Child Welfare Act Case Aide transferring into Child Protection Safety worker and moving on to the Indian Child Welfare Act Specialist and supervising the CPS department. Clarissa applied for SOC navigator in January 2015 and is employed with SOC in the Santee Health Clinic. Clarissa’s personal interest is keeping the culture of Omaha and Santee going by teaching her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and community youth as much as she knows. Clarissa is involved with the Santee Sioux nation in every way she can to help keep the community safe.
Brittany Parker, BSW
Brittany is an enrolled member of the Omaha Tribe. Her passion is working with children and families and helping to make a difference in their lives. She has been working in the social work field since 2006 (CPS, CFS, Social Services) and in June 2011, Parker became a recipient for the Siouxland Indian Child Welfare Traineeship Project (SICWTP) at Briar Cliff University. She graduated from BCU with a Bachelors in Social Work degree in May 2014.
Grace Johnson, PMLHP, PLADAC
Minority Health Path to Good Health & Wellness Community Health Worker
An enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Tribe, and also affiliated with the Omaha Tribe, Ashley returned to the Indian Center in March, 2016 to further her work in the health field. She has previously held positions with WIOA program and former System of Care planning grant over the past six years. Ashley is a mother of two children and plans to continue her education in the upcoming spring semester, starting with Human Services and ultimately seek to obtain the title of RN--as well as serve as a positive role model for Native American youth.
Indian Center Inc.
1100 Military Road, Lincoln, NE 68508