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).

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

Additional Scholarships

The Lincoln Community Foundation has scholarships to assist Native American youth pursuing post-secondary education. The deadline for application is March 15, 2020. Students will need to sign up to apply for these scholarships on the Lincoln Community Foundation website at

Scholarships available through the Lincoln Community Foundation include the following:

  • The Chief Standing Bear Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing an undergraduate degree who are Nebraska residents and are able to provide proof of tribal affiliation. Click here to view the full guidelines.
  • The Leonard F. Hartwig Scholarship is awarded to current graduating Native American seniors from public or private high schools in Lincoln, NE who are pursuing post-secondary education. Click here to view the full guidelines.

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