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“God made me, and I am a man.” – Chief Standing Bear

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O’ Great Spirit

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“When you are in doubt, be still, and wait…” – Chief White Eagle

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 virus. Effective Monday, March 16th, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has instituted a travel ban for all employees and tribal officials. In addition, all scheduled community events and trainings are canceled or postponed until July 4, at which time they will be evaluated for the safety of our tribal members.


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General Membership Meeting
General Membership Meeting

ATTENTION MEMBERS: There will be a General Membership Meeting Saturday, July 18th, from 10 am-12 pm. This will be a virtual meeting for Ponca members only. Please contact Jan Colwell at janc@poncatrib…

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Issues Statement on Reviews of the Use of Native Americans as Sports Mascots

Statement comes as the Washington NFL team abandons its troubling use of a racial slur as a mascot (NIOBRARA, Neb.) – The Tribal Council for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska today released a statement…

Annual Northern Ponca Powwow Cancelled
Annual Northern Ponca Powwow Cancelled

To ensure the health and safety of our members, relatives, visitors, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tribal Council has made the difficult decision to cancel the 27th Annual Northern Ponca Pow…

Youth Initiatives Program Deadline

K-12 students nationwide have until July 31, 2020 to participate in our Youth Initiatives Program for the 2019-20 school year. The program includes students who graduated in 2020. The aim of this…

Congratulations to our graduates!
Congratulations to our graduates!


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

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