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Film - Documentary

Movies that Matter: Return of the Pawnees

7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Center for Great Plains Studies
1155 Q St.
Lincoln NE 68508
Karen Case, (402) 472-6265,
The story of Roger Welsch’s reconciliation and the resulting re-emergence of Pawnee culture
in Nebraska is told in the short film “Return of the Pawnees.” In 2007, Roger and Linda Welsch did what few descendants of European immigrants have ever done in the 500-year history of America. They returned their land on the Loup River near Dannebrog to its original owners, the Pawnees. It had belonged to the Pawnee people before the U.S. government forcibly removed and relocated them to Oklahoma in 1875.

Roger Welsch, Nebraska’s most famous storyteller, passed away on September 30, 2022, at the age of 85. He leaves behind relatives in the Omaha, Pawnee and Oglala Sioux tribes.

The film is co-produced by Margaret Jacobs, director of the Center for Great Plains Studies, and Kevin Abourezk, a Lincoln journalist and activist and member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Charles “Boots” Kennedye, an Oklahoma based filmmaker and member of the Kiowa Tribe, is the film’s director.

Speakers: Dr. Margaret Jacobs, director, Center for Great Plains Studies; Kevin Abourezk, journalist, activist and member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.


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(Photo courtesy of the UNL Department of History)

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This event originated in Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.