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Reckoning and Reconciliation 101

Virtual event

Date: Time: 5:30 pm–6:00 pm
Center for Great Plains Studies Room: Zoom
1155 Q St.
Lincoln NE 68588
Directions: 11th and Q streets
Contact: Katie Nieland, (402) 472-3965,
Join in virtual conversation with two of the planners of our Reckoning & Reconciliation on the Great Plains events, Center Director Margaret Jacobs and Kevin Abourezk (Rosebud Sioux) Journalist and Managing Editor for

We will discuss the focus of our series, the need to reckon with the past, what reconciliation means, examples of reconciliation efforts, and how communities might start to heal from historical harms

Note: This event will be recorded

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This is the first in a yearlong series of events on Reckoning and Reconciliation from the Center for Great Plains Studies.

The series asks how residents of the Great Plains can best reckon with the violence, conflict, and abuse that has occurred in our region and move toward healing, justice, and reconciliation. It invites us to remember and honor the painful past, and then to imagine and build new relationships and communities based on respect and dignity for all. 

People on the Great Plains have suffered dispossession, exile, violence, discrimination, exclusion, exploitation, forcible assimilation, and family separation. Typical accounts of the region often downplay or erase these events. Yet past abuses have contributed to current disparities and inequalities, and our failure to confront them has limited our possibilities to create a fully inclusive and thriving society. 

This series will reckon with the past while also highlighting the resiliency of people, cultures, and communities moving forward. These events are designed for community members and organizers, local and regional leaders, students, student groups, the academic community, and anyone curious about these issues.

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