The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Native American Coalition (NAC) builds relationships and partnerships between the Nebraska Extension and Native American communities and organizations. The work of NAC is to help Nebraska Extension staff work more effectively with Native American communities, to build bridges between tribal and non-tribal communities, to facilitate community development and leadership in Native communities and to bring Native American traditional worldviews, languages, cultures and histories to the University of Nebraska and non-tribal communities.
Land acknowledgement statement
"We would like to begin by acknowledging that the University of Nebraska is a land-grant institution with campuses and programs on the past, present, and future homelands of the Pawnee, Ponca, Oto-Missouria, Omaha, Dakota, Lakota, Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Kaw Peoples, as well as the relocated Ho-Chunk, Iowa, and Sac and Fox Peoples. Please take a moment to consider the legacies of more than 150 years of displacement, violence, settlement, and survival that bring us together here today. At the University of Nebraska, we respect and seek out inclusion of differences, realizing we can learn from each other, and we look forward to building long-lasting relationships with the Indigenous People of Nebraska."
Chuck Hibberd, Nebraska Extension Emeriti
574 Federally Recognized Tribes in the United States
5 Nebraska Land-based Tribes
Umonhon, Isanti, Ho-Chunk, Ponca, and Iowa Nations
53 Native Students in Fall 2020 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
16,100 Native Americans in Nebraska
35% residing on state’s 3 reservations 65% living in urban areas in Nebraska
Cultural Knowledge Exchange Project
This program will develop and facilitate cultural exchange opportunities between Native American communities, non-Native communities and UNL. NAC will sponsor an Indigenous Speaker Series to highlight issues impacting Native American communities. It will provide opportunities for Nebraska Extension faculty and staff to create partnerships with Tribal communities. This program will also provide educational opportunities for anyone interested in learning more about the Nebraska tribal communities.
This program will focus on bringing forward indigenous worldviews regarding our relationship with water. Please join us for our Tribal Food Sustainability and Water Summit on April 14-15 to listen to indigenous female water protectors speak about their efforts to safeguard water on their homelands.
This Native American College-Bridge Program will create partnerships with Native American urban education programs, K – 12 tribal schools, tribal colleges and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. This program will enroll Native American 9 – 12th grade students and tribal college students into college programs at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and it will provide financial, educational and cultural support for these students.
The first goal of the Medicine Wheel Talking Circle Model is to create good relationships and foster strong identity which leads to people becoming good relatives to one another. The second goal of this model is to create relationships between Nebraska communities and Nebraska Extension.
This tribal food sustainability program engages K – 8 students at the Umonhon Nation Public School in hands-on, outdoor group and individual experiences that provide a love of gardening, develops an appreciation for the environment and a connection to their language and traditional practices.
Onba Udon means “Good Day” in the Umonhon language. It represents a culturally-relevant solution that has a long term vision and purpose. This tribal food sustainability program engages students grades 9 – 12 at the Umonhon Nation Public School in traditional ways of farming and food sovereignty for the Umonhon Nation.
This tribal food sustainability program is designed to create local tribal food producers on the Umonhon Nation to grow food for their families, communities and commercial venues to create economic development. The Umonhon Nation community members will become food producers for their families and communities. Participants in will be reconnecting with their traditional foods and the traditional methods of growing it. They will create commercial venues with their produce production though community farmers markets, and they will be keeping community dollars in their communities.