The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s Education Department was first established in 1992. From 1992-93, the BIA managed the department. Then in 1994, the Tribe gained control of its own funds and implemented three programs within the department: Higher Education, Adult Vocational Training and the Direct Employment Program. While the Direct Employment Program would end in 2002, additional programs were established. These include the General Educational Department Program (1996), Masters Program, and our Youth Initiatives Program, with the latter two programs established during the 1997-98 school year.

Funds to administer the Tribe’s Department of Education (DOE) are allocated through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

The deadline to apply for post-secondary funding through the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Department of Education for the 2021-22 school year is August 15th.

Students must have their application and contract on file by that date. The department will work with students on all other paperwork. Please also remember that funding is need-based.

Contact Information

Pat Eichberger, Director of Education

Aubrey Knudsen, Education Administrative Assistant

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Department of Education
1800 Syracuse Avenue
Norfolk NE 68701
Phone: 402-371-8834
Fax: 402-371-7564