Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Navajo's come to Winnebago.

We had visitors from Window Rock Arizona.  All high school senior's, most had never been to Nebraska. All in all it was a good time, they seemed to have enjoyed their two day visit to St. Augustine Indian Mission.

Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 a new year, new projects.

Omaha-Ponca. I am a descendant of Umoⁿha Iron Eye-Iⁿshta’Moⁿse,  Poⁿka Whip-We’ga Sapi, Northern Poⁿka Smoke Maker-Shu’degaxe all were Chiefs among their people.
2016 a new year full of hope and opportunities.  I haven't posted for quite a while, no excuses just keep putting it off.  Well here are some things to think about and look at, if you have the time. 

www.staugustinemission.org look for Youth Center in Walthill, Nebraska in 2017, we are currently raising monies for the building and monies for its daily operation once it is open. the building estimated costs is $2.8 Million, the projected three year operating cost $975,000.00.  We are so excited about this project.  It will be located on the east side of the old Swimming Pool.  That pool is being looked at and if the town remodels it, the Youth Center wants to maintain it as well. We see good things coming for our Omaha youth in the near future.
Walthill, Nebraska, Youth Center
Ok I was truly surprised when Nebraska Life put me in their Jan/Feb 2016 edition under Profiles of Patriotism.  I was able to share our work with the Omaha Tribes Veterans Cemetery.  247 Omaha tribal veterans are buried in the designated area in Macy Nebraska.  Most of them are combat veterans starting from WWI, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam and that doesn't include those buried among their families, I would estimate close to 500 veterans. so many veterans who answered the call to arms, speaks well of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. Eventually I would like to see a huge map of the entire cemetery and a listing of all the veterans on the other side showing their locations. This map could be put just as you come into the cemetery were the old sign used to be.  Honoring our Umoⁿhoⁿ Hethuska is a good thing, gone but not forgotten.

Omaha Veterans Cemetery, Macy Nebraska.
Indian Elders Holiday Food Baskets, this was our third year with this endeavor.  Every year we have been able to provide more baskets to our Indian elders 65 and older on the Omaha and Winnebago Indian reservations.  In 2016 we provided 30 baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Each basket had a spiral ham and a turkey, estimated value about 4150.00 each. We had plenty of volunteers, our concept is to match volunteers from outside the community with tribal volunteers and both deliver the basket to an elder.  We encouraged them to sit and just visit with the elder if possible, it seemed to work out pretty good.  We will do it again this year as well.

Indian Elders Holiday Food Baskets, St. Augustine Indian Mission, Winnebago, Nebraska 2016