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Special Event

Otoe-Missouria Day

Public celebration

2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Lied Commons
301 N 12th St
East Doors
Lincoln NE 68508
Directions: Use doors at northeast corner of the building at 12th and R streets
Target Audiences:
Katie Nieland, (402) 472-3965,
The Center for Great Plains Studies and its Reconciliation Rising Project will host the second annual Proclamation Day and Homecoming Ceremony for the Otoe-Missouria nation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Sept. 21.

The event includes a public celebration at Lied Commons at 2 p.m. with speakers, drumming, dancing, and singing. The local Lincoln Indigenous community will also erect a tipi on campus for the day, just south of Pound Hall.

The public is also invited to a free dinner at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Indian Center (1100 Military Rd, Lincoln, NE) to honor and celebrate the homecoming of the Otoe-Missouria. All are welcome.

During the 2 p.m. celebration, Lincoln mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird will issue a proclamation marking the occasion as Otoe-Missouria Day and welcoming members of the tribal nation back to their ancestral homelands. The Proclamation represents an important step in fostering greater education and awareness about the Indigenous peoples who lived in present-day Lincoln and Lancaster County and in promoting reconciliation between the city and the Otoe-Missouria nation. Center director Margaret Jacobs co-founded Reconciliation Rising with local Lakota journalist Kevin Abourezk in 2018 to further healing and reconciliation efforts between Natives and non-Natives. Watch the live stream at:

Prior to colonization of the land surrounding Lincoln, Neb., people from many Indigenous nations hunted along Salt Creek and its tributaries and harvested salt from its deposits. By 1714, the Otoes had settled in a village on the Salt Creek tributary of the Platte River in what is now eastern Nebraska. In 1798, their relatives, the Missourias, joined them there. The Otoe-Missouria nation signed two treaties with the U.S. government on Sept. 21, 1833, and March 15, 1854, that ceded the lands that became the city of Lincoln and the University of Nebraska. The Otoe-Missouria moved in 1854 to the Big Blue reservation near Beatrice, but Congress sold their land from under them and removed them to Indian Territory in 1880 and 1881.

190 years after the Otoe-Missouria signed their first treaty, Mayor Gaylor Baird will formally welcome the Otoe-Missouria home and acknowledge that the city is on the Otoe-Missouria’s nation’s ancestral lands and to thank the Otoe-Missouria and other Indigenous caretakers of this land.

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This event originated in Center for Great Plains Studies.