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Public notice given for FEMA disaster declaration

Please see the official notice from FEMA regarding the recent disaster declaration issued June 17, 2019. Public Notice – Ponca Tribe of Nebraska – DR-4446-NE

Norfolk youth to learn about harassment

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Domestic Violence program will be hosting a presentation on harassment for the youth group in Norfolk July 31st, from 11 am-12:30 pm. For more information, please see the flyer.

Elders produce program to begin July 8

The Ponca Tribe is once more offering fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies for Ponca Elders. The program runs weekly, July 8th-August 30th at all office locations. Pickup days are as follows: Lincoln – Thursdays, 10 am-12 pm Norfolk – Thursdays, 1 pm-3 pm Sioux City – Fridays, 10 am-12 pm Norfolk & Niobrara – Fridays, […]

Healing Arts classes to coming to several Ponca Tribe locations

Since April, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Domestic Violence Program in Omaha has been hosting weekly healing arts classes. Beginning in June and July, healing arts classes will also be held in Lincoln, Norfolk and Niobrara. These classes are designed to help and support individuals processing traumatic experiences such as domestic violence, sexual assualt, etc. […]

26th Annual Ponca Powwow to honor veterans

At this year’s Annual Ponca Powwow, we want to take time each day to honor a fallen veteran. Poncas have a long and honorable history of military service. We are asking families of fallen veterans to contact the Powwow Committee and offer to let us raise their loved one’s flag on one of the three […]

Project Venture Summer Youth Day Camp offers summertime adventures to Native Youth in Lincoln

Native youth ages 8-13 in the Lincoln area are invited to participate in a fun, positive, week-long outdoor, adventure-based youth program focused on learning traditional Native skills, connection to community, service, and personal development. Program runs Uuly 8th-August 5th, Monday through Friday, 10 am-3 pm. Transportation and meals will be provided. Space is limited, and […]

26th Annual Northern Ponca Powwow to be held August 9-11

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will hold it’s 26th Annual Powwow August 9-11, 2019, at the powwow grounds in Niobrara, Nebraska. Grand Entries are Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 pm & 7 pm, and Sunday at 1 pm. Meals will be provided one hour before each Grand Entry. Additionally, the Diabetes program will […]

Volunteers needed for the Annual Ponca Powwow

This year we will have a Volunteer Coordinator to keep track of times, sign in sheets and tasks assigned for each day of the Pow-wow.  Volunteers are needed starting Thursday morning until Monday afternoon, several areas need volunteers i.e.; helping with museum, helping with daily clean-up, helping with T Shirt sales, helping with food preparation […]

June Circle of Elders to focus on Elder Abuse

June is Elder Abuse awareness month. Circle of elders events will include awareness presentations. Sioux City, June 12 Norfolk, June 20

Save the date for free movie screening in September

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is sponsoring a showing of the movie “Highway of Tears,” September 12th from 12-2 in South Sioux City. Bring your own lunch and watch the movie, then participate in the discussion afterwards. Event is FREE!

Ponca Tribe to offer a FREE conference on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls this fall

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Domestic Violence Program will be holding a free conference on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls September 4th from 9 am-4 pm at the NECC South Sioux City Campus. Keynote Speaker: Amber Webb, Yup’ik artist from Dillingham Alaska with Qaspeq Project Tapestry of faces of MMIWG. Also speaking: Kim […]

Casino cleared for third time in major victory for Ponca Tribe

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska wins again, with the National Indian Gaming Commission deciding to clear the Prairie Flower Casino. The National Indian Gaming Commission ruled in the tribe’s favor for the third time. The latest decision further cements the tribe’s right to conduct gaming on its sovereign land in Carter Lake, Iowa, and disposes […]

Tatanka Golf Club Opportunities for Members

In an effort to support the Santee Sioux Nation and provide opportunities for our tribal citizens and employees who work on our behalf, the Tribal Council has again approved to purchase a Corporate Membership at the Tatanka Golf Club, operated by the Santee Sioux Tribe, near Niobrara, Nebraska. Please see the flyer for details about […]

Ponca Tribe Human Resources premieres new Careers page

It is now even easier to stay up to date with employment listings from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, and to apply for positions within the Tribe! HR-CareerPagePromotion

Help wanted for the Annual Ponca Powwow

The Powwow Committee is currently accepting letters of interest for cook and two cleaning positions for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s 26th Annual Powwow, August 9-11 in Niobrara. Letters of interest can be emailed to the Powwow Committee at powwowcommittee@poncatribe-ne.org, or Culture Director Dwight Howe at dhowe@poncatribe-ne.org, or mailed to: Dwight Howe P.O. Box 288 […]

Healing Arts Sessions to begin in Omaha, with Sarah Rowe

Come spend your Monday afternoons with the Ponca Tribe for a creative outlet, and self-care all in one. Sarah Rowe, visual and performance artist from Omaha, will be sharing her time and talents with us Mondays starting April 15th through September, 12:30-2:30 pm, at the Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center in Omaha. Rowe is […]

Tribal members eligible for FREE water sampling

Ponca Tribal Members who draw their water from privately-owned drinking water systems can set an appointment to have their drinking water tested Monday-Wednesday. Please see the flyer for more details. 

6 More Nebraska Counties, Santee Sioux Nation Added for Disaster Assistance

According to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and FEMA, the Santee Sioux Nation and the following six counties may now apply for disaster assistance for losses resulting from the flooding, severe winter storm, and straight-line winds in March: Boone, Buffalo Custer, Knox, Richardson, and Thurston. Additional counties may be added as assessments continue. Businesses and individuals may […]

Diabetes program offers nutrition advice via email

The Ponca Tribe Diabetes program is offering to email regular healthy nutrition tips and healthy recipes to clients. To sign up, or for more information, please contact Ponca Tribe Dietitian Kyla Wesely at 402.738.3147 or via email, kwesely@poncatribe-ne.org. 190401_NutritionTip

Flooding, Indoor Air, and You

As many of us know, many of our communities have been affected by recent devastating flooding. With this flooding comes the aftermath and clean-up process. While we go back into the areas affected, it is important to keep ourselves safe from harmful contaminates that could be lingering in the debris. With prolong standing of water […]

Ponca Flood Relief 2019

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, headquartered on their ancestral homelands in Niobrara, has been severely impacted by the recent flooding, along with other tribal nations and communities in the area. If you are interested in assisting the tribe with their recovery efforts, physical donations are being accepted at the Niobrara offices. Currently, the greatest need […]

A message from Chairman Wright regarding continuing flood recovery efforts

  Aho, I want to thank all of our staff and tribal citizens for coming together to help and provide assistance in this time of need.  The number of our citizens looking to help is humbling.  While the worst may be over, the clean up and rebuilding is just getting started.  Your continued efforts to […]

Ponca Tribe declares State of Emergency

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has issued a Declaration of State of Emergency in response to the extreme weather conditions and flooding that are affecting the majority of the Ponca Tribe’s 15 County Service Delivery Area. Click here to read the declaration. 

Severe weather conditions and flooding affect service delivery areas

The combination of severe weather and flooding that is currently affecting the Ponca Tribe Service Delivery areas is having a number of impacts, from loss of utilities, to road closures, to evacuations. To read more about the current and predicted weather conditions, hazards, and road conditions, as well as shelter and emergency contact information, please […]

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Hosts Training

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will host two training sessions by the Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center. Please see the flyer for more details. 

Free Federal Student Aid Assistance

Have you completed the FAFSA? The 2019-20 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opened October 1, but if you haven’t completed it, it’s not too late. For free help, make an appointment at the EducationQuest location nearest you: Omaha (888-357-6300), Lincoln (800-303-3745), Kearney (800-666-3721), or Scottsbluff (800-303-3745, ext. 6654). Identify yourself as a Reaching Your Potential recipient. You’ll also find free FAFSA Tools at […]

Spots available now for Omaha Elders Sewing Circle

A sewing circle for Elders will be held each Wednesday, starting March 6th, from 2-4:30 pm. Class sessions are 6 weeks long, each focusing on a different project. Session 1 is Ribbonwork skirts. Class sizes are limited to 20, so call today to reserve your spot! Please see the flyer for more details. 

Omaha Domestic Violence program to host weekly Elders Healing Circle

Omaha Elders are invited to take part in a weekly healing circle, starting Tuesday, February 19, from 2-4:30 pm at the Fred LeRoy Health & Wellness Center. Please see the flyer for more details.

Ponca Tribe offers life skills mentoring program in Niobrara

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will be offering life skills mentoring in the Niobrara office, focusing on guidance to help youth prepare for life on their own. Life skills office hours are 12-4 pm every Friday, or by appointment. See the flyer for more details. 

Domestic Violence Program in Omaha hosts Survivor Empowerment Series

The Domestic Violence program in Omaha is hosting a year long Survivor Empowerment series. Each month, presentations and activities relating to different aspects of domestic violence will be held. See the flyer for more information.

Chairman Larry Wright Jr. statement on the comments of the President of the United States

Once again President Trump has lowered the dialogue regarding Indian people to a new low with a tweet invoking the Battle of Little Big Horn and the Wounded Knee Massacre, one of the bloodiest massacres in the history of the United States, where women, children and Native men were brutally murdered after surrendering their weapons.  […]

Niobrara Public Schools partners with Ponca Tribe on education grant to support native youth

Niobrara Public Schools in partnership with the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska would like to make you aware of upcoming job opportunities to help facilitate an Indian Demonstration Grant funded through the U. S. Department of Education to support American Indian students with their cultural roots, to support behavioral and mental health, and to ensure academic […]

Notice from the Ponca Tribe Liquor Control Board (Member Login Required)
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Certification of 2018 Tribal Council Election Results

Click here to see the official certification from the Election Board for the 2018 Ponca Tribal Council Election.

Notice from the Ponca Tribe Liquor Control Board (Member Login Required)
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Mayo Clinic Scholarship honoring Marpiya te najin assists Native American medical field students

The newly announced Marpiya te najin Scholarship will provide educational assistance to American Indian students pursuing degrees in medicine at the Mayo Clinic. See the letter regarding the scholarship.

2018 Tribal Council Election Results

The Ponca Election Board has released the results the 2018 Tribal Council election. Click here to view the results.

Law & Order Code Committee seeking input on Title VIII of the Ponca Tribal Law & Order Code
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Casino another step forward for the Ponca Tribe

Click here to read an op-ed piece by Chairman Wright, speaking on the history and progress of the Ponca Tribe, and the Tribe’s outlook for the future. This piece was originally published in the Omaha World Herald, October 18, 2018.

District 1 plans a day of family fun at Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch

District 1 members are invited to come to Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch Saturday, October 27 from 10 am-6 pm for a day of family fun. Admission for Ponca members is FREE! Click here to see the flyer for more information.

Prairie Flower Casino gains an online presence

With the Grand Opening of the Prairie Flower Casino just around the corner, there are now three new ways to keep up to date on the latest Casino news! Prairie Flower Casino website Prairie Flower Casino Facebook page Prairie Flower Casino on Twitter

Election Board posts ballot clarification for members
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Ponca Tribe Diabetes Program to host World Diabetes Day event

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Diabetes Program will be hosting a World Diabetes Day event, “Diabetes and Family,” Wednesday, November 14th from 11 am – 1 pm at the Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center. Click here to see the flyer.

Important message for tribal members regarding election ballots

Regarding the Ponca Election 2018 – Ballots not in the correct envelope will NOT be marked as spoiled ballots, per the Ponca Election Board.

Tribe to host flu clinics in Omaha

Ponca Health Services will be hosting two flu clinics the Fred LeRoy Health & Wellness Center in October. October 11 & 25 – Omaha

Message from the Chairman regarding the cancellation of this year’s Restoration Powwow

Aho, I am submitting this as a member of the Hethuska Society.  We apologize that the reasoning behind our decision was not shared clearer, sooner. It was with great consideration and discussion that the Hethuska Society decided we wanted to cancel this year’s Pow Wow.  This was done, due to many factors.  First and foremost, […]

Tribal Council requests member comment on proposed revisions to Title I of the Law & Order Code

Tribal members are invited to provide comment on a proposed revision to the Law and Order Code that is slated to come before Tribal Council at the October 8th meeting. Click here for more details on the proposed revision, and how to submit comments.

Tribal Council requests member comment on proposed revisions to Title XIII of the Law & Order Code

Tribal members are invited to provide comment on a proposed revision to the Law and Order Code that is slated to come before Tribal Council at the September 29th meeting. Click here for more details on the proposed revision, and how to submit comments.

Flu clinics offered at tribal office sites

Ponca Health Services will be hosting flu clinics at tribal office sites. The schedule will be: September 26 – Sioux City September 27 – Niobrara  October 2 – Norfolk October 3 – Lincoln October 11 & 25 – Omaha

Yankton Press & Dakota story about Chief Standing Bear statue in Niobrara

Visit https://www.yankton.net/article_7898adf8-ab3a-11e8-bbd4-cf3857922583.html to read a story from the Yankton Press & Dakotan about the new statue of Chief Standing Bear in Niobrara.

Press Release about tribe’s casino project in Carter Lake, IA

The tribe announced the name and other information about its casino project in Carter Lake, IA. Click here to read the press release.

Architectural Renderings of Carter Lake Casino

2018 Tribal Council Candidates

The Ponca Election Board has released the candidates for the 2018 Tribal Council election. Click here to view the candidates.

New Diabetes Program Registered Dietitian Available in Omaha

There is a new dietitian in the tribe’s Diabetes Program at the Fred LeRoy Health & Wellness Center in Omaha. To schedule an appointment with Kyla Wesely or for more information, call 402-733-3612. Click here to see the flyer for more details.

Omaha World-Herald editorial about Chief Standing Bear statue dedication

The Omaha World-Herald published an editorial about the Aug. 11 Chief Standing Bear statue dedication. Read the editorial at https://www.omaha.com/opinion/editorial-ponca-dedicate-standing-bear-statue-honor-his-legacy/article_aed14725-32a8-595a-83c5-a807476b5f35.html

Indianz.com story about the Chief Standing Bear statue dedication ceremony in Niobrara

To read a story from Indianz.com about the August 11 dedication ceremony for the Chief Standing Bear statue in Niobrara, visit https://www.indianz.com/News/2018/08/13/it-honors-all-of-our-people-ponca-tribe.asp

Osni Ponca seeks information about businesses owned by tribal members

Attention tribal members: Osni Ponca, LLC is looking to compile information on all businesses that are owned by Ponca Tribe of Nebraska members so those job skills can be utilzed within the Tribe and elsewhere. Information about your business can be emailed to spittman@osniponca.com.

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Annual Legal Diversity Summit to be held Sept. 7 at Creighton

The 2018 Annual Legal Diversity Summit will be Sept. 7 at the Creighton Harper Center Ballroom. Click here to download the application. The registration deadline is Sept. 5.

Updates made to video recording and streaming on website

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has updated the Tribal Council Meeting recording and streaming system. Tribal members can now access live and recorded videos by logging into the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska website. Once logged in, you can visit the Tribal Documents page and then the Ponca Tribe Video Gallery. You will also find a […]

Women’s Talking Circle to meet in Omaha beginning July 17

The E.M.P.O.W.E.R. Women’s Talking Circle will meet Tuesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-3:30 p.m. beginning July 17 at the Fred LeRoy Health & Wellness Center in Omaha. Click here to see the flyer for more details.

Diabetes Program offers eye exam coverage for clients

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Diabetes Program is now offering coverage for annual eye exams for our diabetic clients. Client must be registered in the Ponca Tribe Diabetes Program in order to qualify. Contact Sara Pfeifer or Crystal Mundorf for more information at 402.371.8834, or email spfeifer@poncatribe-ne.org or cmundorf@poncatribe-ne.org.

Ponca radio program to air Thursdays on KZYK FM

Culture Director Dwight Howe will be appearing on Nebraska Indian Community College radio station KZYK from 1-2 p.m. every Thursday to share the Ponca language, songs and stories as part of a new “Ponca Abthiⁿ” (“I Am Ponca”) program. To listen live on the internet, you can go to http://www.thenicc.edu/index.php/en/kzyk/radio It is recommended that you […]

Ponca Elders invited to take needs assessment survey

Ponca elders (age 55 and over) living in the tribe’s Service Delivery Area are invited to participate in an Elder Needs Assessment Survey. Eligible elders who complete the survey will receive a $25 Walmart gift card. The survey will be used to guide tribal service planning. Take the survey at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4256010/Elders-Planning-Survey

Tribal members invited to take survey about burial assistance benefit

Tribal members are invited to take a survey to help judge the interest of a potential burial assistance benefit that would be made available to members at no cost. To take the survey, visit http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Burial-Benefits

Weekly Meals for Elders Scheduled at Tribal Office Sites

Beginning April 16, there will be weekly meals for Ponca Elders (55 and older) and their caregivers/spouses can receive a meal from noon to 2 p.m. at tribal office sites. This will be an ongoing weekly event. Monday – Lincoln Tuesday – Omaha Wednesday – Sioux City Thursday – Norfolk Friday – Niobrara Click here […]

Tatanka Golf Club membership available for tribal members

The Ponca Tribal Council once again has approved the purchase of a Corporate Membership at the Tatanka Golf Club, operated by the Santee Sioux Tribe, near Niobrara, Nebraska. For full details, visit https://www.poncatribe-ne.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/tatanka_golf_membership_2018_revised.pdf

Tribe declares State of Emergency for Ponca Language

On March 23, 2018, a State of Emergency was declared for the Ponca Language. From Tribal Chairman Larry Wright Jr.: “The 1960’s termination of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska had catastrophic affects on every aspect of our nation. Lost was our sense of community, history, culture, traditions and programs our people depended upon.  Since the […]

2018 Notice of General Election Deadlines

The Ponca Election Board has posted the 2018 Council General Election Guidelines. Click here to download the notice from the Election Board.

PYEF funds available for new fiscal year

Members: Tribal Council has approved funds for the new fiscal year for the Ponca Youth Enrichment Fund. To see the policy for members living in the 15-county Service Delivery Area, visit https://www.poncatribe-ne.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/policy_pyef_insidesda_170828.pdf. For members living outside the Service Delivery Area, the policy can be viewed at https://www.poncatribe-ne.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/policy_pyef_outsidesda_170828.pdf.

Members: Sign up to get notified when new job openings are posted

Tribal members can sign up to receive emails from Human Resources whenever new jobs within the tribe are posted. You can sign up with any office coordinator or by sending an email to hr@poncatribe-ne.org.

Download the TAGG App to support the Tribe

You can help support the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Circle of Elders by downloading the TAGG app on your Android of Apple mobile device. You can use the app to have 5 percent of your purchases at several businesses in Lincoln and Omaha donated to the tribe. There is no cost to you. See the […]

Ponca Language Database

New Ponca Language Database available at Ponca Language Database. The passcode is: passcode

Public notice given for FEMA disaster declaration

Please see the official notice from FEMA regarding the recent disaster declaration issued June 17, 2019. Public Notice – Ponca Tribe of Nebraska – DR-4446-NE

Norfolk youth to learn about harassment

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Domestic Violence program will be hosting a presentation on harassment for the youth group in Norfolk July 31st, from 11 am-12:30 pm. For more information, please see the flyer.

Elders produce program to begin July 8

The Ponca Tribe is once more offering fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies for Ponca Elders. The program runs weekly, July 8th-August 30th at all office locations. Pickup days are as follows: Lincoln – Thursdays, 10 am-12 pm Norfolk – Thursdays, 1 pm-3 pm Sioux City – Fridays, 10 am-12 pm Norfolk & Niobrara – Fridays, […]

Healing Arts classes to coming to several Ponca Tribe locations

Since April, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Domestic Violence Program in Omaha has been hosting weekly healing arts classes. Beginning in June and July, healing arts classes will also be held in Lincoln, Norfolk and Niobrara. These classes are designed to help and support individuals processing traumatic experiences such as domestic violence, sexual assualt, etc. […]

26th Annual Ponca Powwow to honor veterans

At this year’s Annual Ponca Powwow, we want to take time each day to honor a fallen veteran. Poncas have a long and honorable history of military service. We are asking families of fallen veterans to contact the Powwow Committee and offer to let us raise their loved one’s flag on one of the three […]

Project Venture Summer Youth Day Camp offers summertime adventures to Native Youth in Lincoln

Native youth ages 8-13 in the Lincoln area are invited to participate in a fun, positive, week-long outdoor, adventure-based youth program focused on learning traditional Native skills, connection to community, service, and personal development. Program runs Uuly 8th-August 5th, Monday through Friday, 10 am-3 pm. Transportation and meals will be provided. Space is limited, and […]

26th Annual Northern Ponca Powwow to be held August 9-11

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will hold it’s 26th Annual Powwow August 9-11, 2019, at the powwow grounds in Niobrara, Nebraska. Grand Entries are Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 pm & 7 pm, and Sunday at 1 pm. Meals will be provided one hour before each Grand Entry. Additionally, the Diabetes program will […]

Volunteers needed for the Annual Ponca Powwow

This year we will have a Volunteer Coordinator to keep track of times, sign in sheets and tasks assigned for each day of the Pow-wow.  Volunteers are needed starting Thursday morning until Monday afternoon, several areas need volunteers i.e.; helping with museum, helping with daily clean-up, helping with T Shirt sales, helping with food preparation […]

June Circle of Elders to focus on Elder Abuse

June is Elder Abuse awareness month. Circle of elders events will include awareness presentations. Sioux City, June 12 Norfolk, June 20

Save the date for free movie screening in September

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is sponsoring a showing of the movie “Highway of Tears,” September 12th from 12-2 in South Sioux City. Bring your own lunch and watch the movie, then participate in the discussion afterwards. Event is FREE!

Ponca Tribe to offer a FREE conference on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls this fall

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Domestic Violence Program will be holding a free conference on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls September 4th from 9 am-4 pm at the NECC South Sioux City Campus. Keynote Speaker: Amber Webb, Yup’ik artist from Dillingham Alaska with Qaspeq Project Tapestry of faces of MMIWG. Also speaking: Kim […]

Casino cleared for third time in major victory for Ponca Tribe

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska wins again, with the National Indian Gaming Commission deciding to clear the Prairie Flower Casino. The National Indian Gaming Commission ruled in the tribe’s favor for the third time. The latest decision further cements the tribe’s right to conduct gaming on its sovereign land in Carter Lake, Iowa, and disposes […]

Tatanka Golf Club Opportunities for Members

In an effort to support the Santee Sioux Nation and provide opportunities for our tribal citizens and employees who work on our behalf, the Tribal Council has again approved to purchase a Corporate Membership at the Tatanka Golf Club, operated by the Santee Sioux Tribe, near Niobrara, Nebraska. Please see the flyer for details about […]

Ponca Tribe Human Resources premieres new Careers page

It is now even easier to stay up to date with employment listings from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, and to apply for positions within the Tribe! HR-CareerPagePromotion

Help wanted for the Annual Ponca Powwow

The Powwow Committee is currently accepting letters of interest for cook and two cleaning positions for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s 26th Annual Powwow, August 9-11 in Niobrara. Letters of interest can be emailed to the Powwow Committee at powwowcommittee@poncatribe-ne.org, or Culture Director Dwight Howe at dhowe@poncatribe-ne.org, or mailed to: Dwight Howe P.O. Box 288 […]

Healing Arts Sessions to begin in Omaha, with Sarah Rowe

Come spend your Monday afternoons with the Ponca Tribe for a creative outlet, and self-care all in one. Sarah Rowe, visual and performance artist from Omaha, will be sharing her time and talents with us Mondays starting April 15th through September, 12:30-2:30 pm, at the Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center in Omaha. Rowe is […]

Tribal members eligible for FREE water sampling

Ponca Tribal Members who draw their water from privately-owned drinking water systems can set an appointment to have their drinking water tested Monday-Wednesday. Please see the flyer for more details. 

6 More Nebraska Counties, Santee Sioux Nation Added for Disaster Assistance

According to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and FEMA, the Santee Sioux Nation and the following six counties may now apply for disaster assistance for losses resulting from the flooding, severe winter storm, and straight-line winds in March: Boone, Buffalo Custer, Knox, Richardson, and Thurston. Additional counties may be added as assessments continue. Businesses and individuals may […]

Diabetes program offers nutrition advice via email

The Ponca Tribe Diabetes program is offering to email regular healthy nutrition tips and healthy recipes to clients. To sign up, or for more information, please contact Ponca Tribe Dietitian Kyla Wesely at 402.738.3147 or via email, kwesely@poncatribe-ne.org. 190401_NutritionTip

Flooding, Indoor Air, and You

As many of us know, many of our communities have been affected by recent devastating flooding. With this flooding comes the aftermath and clean-up process. While we go back into the areas affected, it is important to keep ourselves safe from harmful contaminates that could be lingering in the debris. With prolong standing of water […]

Ponca Flood Relief 2019

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, headquartered on their ancestral homelands in Niobrara, has been severely impacted by the recent flooding, along with other tribal nations and communities in the area. If you are interested in assisting the tribe with their recovery efforts, physical donations are being accepted at the Niobrara offices. Currently, the greatest need […]

A message from Chairman Wright regarding continuing flood recovery efforts

  Aho, I want to thank all of our staff and tribal citizens for coming together to help and provide assistance in this time of need.  The number of our citizens looking to help is humbling.  While the worst may be over, the clean up and rebuilding is just getting started.  Your continued efforts to […]

Ponca Tribe declares State of Emergency

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has issued a Declaration of State of Emergency in response to the extreme weather conditions and flooding that are affecting the majority of the Ponca Tribe’s 15 County Service Delivery Area. Click here to read the declaration. 

Severe weather conditions and flooding affect service delivery areas

The combination of severe weather and flooding that is currently affecting the Ponca Tribe Service Delivery areas is having a number of impacts, from loss of utilities, to road closures, to evacuations. To read more about the current and predicted weather conditions, hazards, and road conditions, as well as shelter and emergency contact information, please […]

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Hosts Training

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will host two training sessions by the Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center. Please see the flyer for more details. 

Free Federal Student Aid Assistance

Have you completed the FAFSA? The 2019-20 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opened October 1, but if you haven’t completed it, it’s not too late. For free help, make an appointment at the EducationQuest location nearest you: Omaha (888-357-6300), Lincoln (800-303-3745), Kearney (800-666-3721), or Scottsbluff (800-303-3745, ext. 6654). Identify yourself as a Reaching Your Potential recipient. You’ll also find free FAFSA Tools at […]

Spots available now for Omaha Elders Sewing Circle

A sewing circle for Elders will be held each Wednesday, starting March 6th, from 2-4:30 pm. Class sessions are 6 weeks long, each focusing on a different project. Session 1 is Ribbonwork skirts. Class sizes are limited to 20, so call today to reserve your spot! Please see the flyer for more details. 

Omaha Domestic Violence program to host weekly Elders Healing Circle

Omaha Elders are invited to take part in a weekly healing circle, starting Tuesday, February 19, from 2-4:30 pm at the Fred LeRoy Health & Wellness Center. Please see the flyer for more details.

Ponca Tribe offers life skills mentoring program in Niobrara

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will be offering life skills mentoring in the Niobrara office, focusing on guidance to help youth prepare for life on their own. Life skills office hours are 12-4 pm every Friday, or by appointment. See the flyer for more details. 

Domestic Violence Program in Omaha hosts Survivor Empowerment Series

The Domestic Violence program in Omaha is hosting a year long Survivor Empowerment series. Each month, presentations and activities relating to different aspects of domestic violence will be held. See the flyer for more information.

Chairman Larry Wright Jr. statement on the comments of the President of the United States

Once again President Trump has lowered the dialogue regarding Indian people to a new low with a tweet invoking the Battle of Little Big Horn and the Wounded Knee Massacre, one of the bloodiest massacres in the history of the United States, where women, children and Native men were brutally murdered after surrendering their weapons.  […]

Niobrara Public Schools partners with Ponca Tribe on education grant to support native youth

Niobrara Public Schools in partnership with the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska would like to make you aware of upcoming job opportunities to help facilitate an Indian Demonstration Grant funded through the U. S. Department of Education to support American Indian students with their cultural roots, to support behavioral and mental health, and to ensure academic […]

Notice from the Ponca Tribe Liquor Control Board (Member Login Required)
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Certification of 2018 Tribal Council Election Results

Click here to see the official certification from the Election Board for the 2018 Ponca Tribal Council Election.

Notice from the Ponca Tribe Liquor Control Board (Member Login Required)
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Mayo Clinic Scholarship honoring Marpiya te najin assists Native American medical field students

The newly announced Marpiya te najin Scholarship will provide educational assistance to American Indian students pursuing degrees in medicine at the Mayo Clinic. See the letter regarding the scholarship.

2018 Tribal Council Election Results

The Ponca Election Board has released the results the 2018 Tribal Council election. Click here to view the results.

Law & Order Code Committee seeking input on Title VIII of the Ponca Tribal Law & Order Code
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Casino another step forward for the Ponca Tribe

Click here to read an op-ed piece by Chairman Wright, speaking on the history and progress of the Ponca Tribe, and the Tribe’s outlook for the future. This piece was originally published in the Omaha World Herald, October 18, 2018.

District 1 plans a day of family fun at Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch

District 1 members are invited to come to Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch Saturday, October 27 from 10 am-6 pm for a day of family fun. Admission for Ponca members is FREE! Click here to see the flyer for more information.

Prairie Flower Casino gains an online presence

With the Grand Opening of the Prairie Flower Casino just around the corner, there are now three new ways to keep up to date on the latest Casino news! Prairie Flower Casino website Prairie Flower Casino Facebook page Prairie Flower Casino on Twitter

Election Board posts ballot clarification for members
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Ponca Tribe Diabetes Program to host World Diabetes Day event

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Diabetes Program will be hosting a World Diabetes Day event, “Diabetes and Family,” Wednesday, November 14th from 11 am – 1 pm at the Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center. Click here to see the flyer.

Important message for tribal members regarding election ballots

Regarding the Ponca Election 2018 – Ballots not in the correct envelope will NOT be marked as spoiled ballots, per the Ponca Election Board.

Tribe to host flu clinics in Omaha

Ponca Health Services will be hosting two flu clinics the Fred LeRoy Health & Wellness Center in October. October 11 & 25 – Omaha

Message from the Chairman regarding the cancellation of this year’s Restoration Powwow

Aho, I am submitting this as a member of the Hethuska Society.  We apologize that the reasoning behind our decision was not shared clearer, sooner. It was with great consideration and discussion that the Hethuska Society decided we wanted to cancel this year’s Pow Wow.  This was done, due to many factors.  First and foremost, […]

Tribal Council requests member comment on proposed revisions to Title I of the Law & Order Code

Tribal members are invited to provide comment on a proposed revision to the Law and Order Code that is slated to come before Tribal Council at the October 8th meeting. Click here for more details on the proposed revision, and how to submit comments.

Tribal Council requests member comment on proposed revisions to Title XIII of the Law & Order Code

Tribal members are invited to provide comment on a proposed revision to the Law and Order Code that is slated to come before Tribal Council at the September 29th meeting. Click here for more details on the proposed revision, and how to submit comments.

Flu clinics offered at tribal office sites

Ponca Health Services will be hosting flu clinics at tribal office sites. The schedule will be: September 26 – Sioux City September 27 – Niobrara  October 2 – Norfolk October 3 – Lincoln October 11 & 25 – Omaha

Yankton Press & Dakota story about Chief Standing Bear statue in Niobrara

Visit https://www.yankton.net/article_7898adf8-ab3a-11e8-bbd4-cf3857922583.html to read a story from the Yankton Press & Dakotan about the new statue of Chief Standing Bear in Niobrara.

Press Release about tribe’s casino project in Carter Lake, IA

The tribe announced the name and other information about its casino project in Carter Lake, IA. Click here to read the press release.

Architectural Renderings of Carter Lake Casino

2018 Tribal Council Candidates

The Ponca Election Board has released the candidates for the 2018 Tribal Council election. Click here to view the candidates.

New Diabetes Program Registered Dietitian Available in Omaha

There is a new dietitian in the tribe’s Diabetes Program at the Fred LeRoy Health & Wellness Center in Omaha. To schedule an appointment with Kyla Wesely or for more information, call 402-733-3612. Click here to see the flyer for more details.

Omaha World-Herald editorial about Chief Standing Bear statue dedication

The Omaha World-Herald published an editorial about the Aug. 11 Chief Standing Bear statue dedication. Read the editorial at https://www.omaha.com/opinion/editorial-ponca-dedicate-standing-bear-statue-honor-his-legacy/article_aed14725-32a8-595a-83c5-a807476b5f35.html

Indianz.com story about the Chief Standing Bear statue dedication ceremony in Niobrara

To read a story from Indianz.com about the August 11 dedication ceremony for the Chief Standing Bear statue in Niobrara, visit https://www.indianz.com/News/2018/08/13/it-honors-all-of-our-people-ponca-tribe.asp

Osni Ponca seeks information about businesses owned by tribal members

Attention tribal members: Osni Ponca, LLC is looking to compile information on all businesses that are owned by Ponca Tribe of Nebraska members so those job skills can be utilzed within the Tribe and elsewhere. Information about your business can be emailed to spittman@osniponca.com.

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Annual Legal Diversity Summit to be held Sept. 7 at Creighton

The 2018 Annual Legal Diversity Summit will be Sept. 7 at the Creighton Harper Center Ballroom. Click here to download the application. The registration deadline is Sept. 5.

Updates made to video recording and streaming on website

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has updated the Tribal Council Meeting recording and streaming system. Tribal members can now access live and recorded videos by logging into the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska website. Once logged in, you can visit the Tribal Documents page and then the Ponca Tribe Video Gallery. You will also find a […]

Women’s Talking Circle to meet in Omaha beginning July 17

The E.M.P.O.W.E.R. Women’s Talking Circle will meet Tuesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-3:30 p.m. beginning July 17 at the Fred LeRoy Health & Wellness Center in Omaha. Click here to see the flyer for more details.

Diabetes Program offers eye exam coverage for clients

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Diabetes Program is now offering coverage for annual eye exams for our diabetic clients. Client must be registered in the Ponca Tribe Diabetes Program in order to qualify. Contact Sara Pfeifer or Crystal Mundorf for more information at 402.371.8834, or email spfeifer@poncatribe-ne.org or cmundorf@poncatribe-ne.org.

Ponca radio program to air Thursdays on KZYK FM

Culture Director Dwight Howe will be appearing on Nebraska Indian Community College radio station KZYK from 1-2 p.m. every Thursday to share the Ponca language, songs and stories as part of a new “Ponca Abthiⁿ” (“I Am Ponca”) program. To listen live on the internet, you can go to http://www.thenicc.edu/index.php/en/kzyk/radio It is recommended that you […]

Ponca Elders invited to take needs assessment survey

Ponca elders (age 55 and over) living in the tribe’s Service Delivery Area are invited to participate in an Elder Needs Assessment Survey. Eligible elders who complete the survey will receive a $25 Walmart gift card. The survey will be used to guide tribal service planning. Take the survey at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4256010/Elders-Planning-Survey

Tribal members invited to take survey about burial assistance benefit

Tribal members are invited to take a survey to help judge the interest of a potential burial assistance benefit that would be made available to members at no cost. To take the survey, visit http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Burial-Benefits

Weekly Meals for Elders Scheduled at Tribal Office Sites

Beginning April 16, there will be weekly meals for Ponca Elders (55 and older) and their caregivers/spouses can receive a meal from noon to 2 p.m. at tribal office sites. This will be an ongoing weekly event. Monday – Lincoln Tuesday – Omaha Wednesday – Sioux City Thursday – Norfolk Friday – Niobrara Click here […]

Tatanka Golf Club membership available for tribal members

The Ponca Tribal Council once again has approved the purchase of a Corporate Membership at the Tatanka Golf Club, operated by the Santee Sioux Tribe, near Niobrara, Nebraska. For full details, visit https://www.poncatribe-ne.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/tatanka_golf_membership_2018_revised.pdf

Tribe declares State of Emergency for Ponca Language

On March 23, 2018, a State of Emergency was declared for the Ponca Language. From Tribal Chairman Larry Wright Jr.: “The 1960’s termination of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska had catastrophic affects on every aspect of our nation. Lost was our sense of community, history, culture, traditions and programs our people depended upon.  Since the […]

2018 Notice of General Election Deadlines

The Ponca Election Board has posted the 2018 Council General Election Guidelines. Click here to download the notice from the Election Board.

PYEF funds available for new fiscal year

Members: Tribal Council has approved funds for the new fiscal year for the Ponca Youth Enrichment Fund. To see the policy for members living in the 15-county Service Delivery Area, visit https://www.poncatribe-ne.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/policy_pyef_insidesda_170828.pdf. For members living outside the Service Delivery Area, the policy can be viewed at https://www.poncatribe-ne.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/policy_pyef_outsidesda_170828.pdf.

Members: Sign up to get notified when new job openings are posted

Tribal members can sign up to receive emails from Human Resources whenever new jobs within the tribe are posted. You can sign up with any office coordinator or by sending an email to hr@poncatribe-ne.org.

Download the TAGG App to support the Tribe

You can help support the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Circle of Elders by downloading the TAGG app on your Android of Apple mobile device. You can use the app to have 5 percent of your purchases at several businesses in Lincoln and Omaha donated to the tribe. There is no cost to you. See the […]

Ponca Language Database

New Ponca Language Database available at Ponca Language Database. The passcode is: passcode

WE, THE MEMBERS OF THE PONCA TRIBE OF NEBRASKA

in order to restore, preserve and protect all rights aboriginally held by our people and their descendants, promote peace, prosperity, happiness, and the general welfare of the members of our Tribe and our posterity, to exercise home rule, to assert our inherent sovereignty, to protect our right of self-government, to conserve custom, to improve our social order, to protect our rights as individuals, to promote our economic welfare, to promote domestic tranquility, to promote business enterprises both cooperative and individual, to promote educational opportunities for all Ponca people, to consolidate our land holdings by purchase, exchange, transfer, gift, or otherwise, do ordain and establish this Constitution in accordance with our inherent sovereignty, and all previous aboriginal rights of our members and Treaties previously entered into with the United States of America.

from the Preamble of the Ponca Constitution