The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Elders Committee exists to enrich the lives and meet the needs of the Tribal Elders, to foster social interaction and activities that enhance Ponca culture, traditions, and cultural activities, to educate Tribal members, to mentor Tribal youth, and to provide positive cultural impacts to future generations.

Meetings and agendas will be announced here. Minutes from past meetings can be found in the archives.

Elders Committee members can be contacted at

Committee Vacancy

There is currently a vacancy on the Elder’s Committee for District 4 service delivery area.  The qualifications are that you must be age 55 or older and must reside in or live within 100 miles from the border of Madison County, Nebraska. The Northern Ponca Elder’s Committee exists to enrich the lives and meet the needs of the Northern Ponca Tribal Elders and to provide ways that positively impacts all Northern Ponca Tribal Elders.  Members of this committee receive a stipend of $250.00 per meeting, along with mileage reimbursement up to 410 miles roundtrip and they meet on a monthly basis.  A background check is required.   The term will expire on January 13, 2025.

Deadline to apply for this committee is July 31, 2022.

Letters of interest can be sent to: Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Attn: Jan Colwell, P.O. Box 288, Niobrara, NE  68760 or email:

Northern Ponca Elders Committee Charter

Click to view the Northern Ponca Elders Council charter.


June 6 & 7, 2022
10 a.m.
Sioux City

2021-22 Meeting Schedule (Revised)

Committee Members

All terms 01.13.25

Rita Pitzer – District 1
Open – District 1
Roseanne Birdhead – District 2
Carrie Voss – District 2 (Chairwoman)
Mark Peniska, Jr. – District 3 (Vice-Chairman)
Belva Phillips – District 3 (Secretary)
Marchita Bair – District 4
Christine Legband – District 4
Phillip Wendzillo – OSDA Rep. (Treasurer)