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Who We Are

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

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574
Federally Recognized Tribes in the United States

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5 Nebraska Land-based Tribes

Umonhon, Isanti, Ho-Chunk, Ponca, and Iowa Nations

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53
Native Students in Fall 2020 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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16,100
Native Americans in Nebraska

35% residing on state’s 3 reservations
65% living in urban areas in Nebraska

Programs

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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.

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Hoop of Learning Program

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.

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Indigenous Community Assessment Model

Indigenous Community Assessment Model is a Native American “inward-outward” model that promotes community involvement in all stages of the assessment process.

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Medicine Wheel Talking Circle Model

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.

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Master Gardener Program

This program will connect Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who are interested in becoming master gardeners with Nebraska Extension horticultural experts to complete the Master Gardener Program.

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Mni Waconi (Water is Life) Program

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.

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Ashita Thewathe / Junior Master Gardener Program

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.

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Ukhikon (Helping One Another) Program

The Ukhikon-a (Helping One Another) Program is an Umoⁿhoⁿ Nation Food Sustainability Cooperative Program. It is designed to assess the food needs of the Umoⁿhoⁿ Nation and create community cooperative programs to meet those needs.

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Unba Udon Program

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.

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Nation Nourishment Program

This program is a partnership between Nebraska Indian Community College, the Center for Rural Affairs, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Tribal Extension Program. This tribal food sustainability program is designed to create local food producers for the Umonhon Nation. These food producers will grow food for their families, communities and commercial venues to create economic development.

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