Our Mission at Indian Center, Inc. is to provide value to the Native American community by creating and obtaining programs that empower self-sufficiency and positive quality of life standards in individuals and families.




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APPLICATIONS for TOYS for TOTS were accepted until 5:00pm on December 1, 2016 for Lincoln-area kids ages 0 to 14. Late sign-ups of Native American families/children are permitted but presents are not guaranteed as we will be limited by donations received.  We also still have an overabundance of size one diapers available also so if you or someone you know has or will soon have a newborn, please stop by (you'll only need to provide names and birthdates to receive diapers, and it is not limited to Native American persons).

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING MEAL was on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 set to begin at 5:30 with an opening prayer, 6pm meal, and although some last-minute cooking snafus extending the serving a bit later, the dinner was well-attended and quite tasty.

VETERANS' HONOR GOURD DANCE held November 13, 2016 was a fine event despite some last-minute changes. We're keeping board member Bernard "Sosue" Vance, Jr. in our thoughts for health and healing. Thanks to Head Singer Shawn Sheridan, Head Man Boots Kennedye, and Head Lady Carrie Voss for honoring their commitments and thanks to Nettie Grant-Sikyta, Mike W. Wolfe, and Frank Bear Killer for stepping up with little notice to make the event happen.

The Indian Center's Annual Dinner was this year on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:15pm. Two board members who had been appointed to fill vacated seats on the Board were elected to complete full terms: Congratulations Frank BearKiller and Sosue Vance, active cultural community members. We look forward to hearing your guidance and ideas.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY is a reality in the City of Lincoln! Work must continue to gain recognition at the state and federal levels to scrub "Columbus Day" from the books. On September 26, 2016 the City Council of Lincoln, NE unanimously voted to recognize the second Monday of October as "Indigenous Peoples Day," joining a growing movement that is taking foot across the USA; keep the momentum going!

August 15, 2016 City Council Meeting

At 3:00pm, representatives from the Indian Center attended the City of Lincoln's Council meeting to address the unsightly fence bordering our grounds as well as recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day. The City Council meeting was held in the Council Chambers in the City-County Building (just north of the Hall of Justice) at 555 S. 10th St., Lincoln (approximately 10th & K Streets), room 112. Two council members particularly seemed concerned about the perplexing issue. An article ran in the August 16, 2016 Lincoln Journal-Star, bringing more colored voices into the fray, but we remain confident that our request was heard and will be resolved.

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Successful Backpack Event

On Friday, August 12, the SENNAC Second Fridays Family Cultural Nights program combined forces with LPS Indian Education to offer backpacks and supplies to Native American children.

Backpack event

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Peace & Dignity Journeys Stop in Lincoln!

Indian Center, Inc. was honored to host the Peace & Dignity Journeys group as they came, feet pounding pavement, bearing ceremonial staffs from all over the North, Central and Southern American continent. 

“...We look to the seeds as memory keepers and defense when diabetes, cancer, alcoholism and other preventable diseases have afflicted our people.”

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8th Annual Celebration

The Indian Center is proud to present our 8th Annual Celebration in honor of our 47th Anniversary.
Master of Ceremonies for the event is Mitchell "Chiefie" Parker. Co-MC is Frank BearKiller and we have Kennard Parker as our Whip Man, we are going Hethuska style this year so Grand Entry may look a little different than a typical Grand Entry at an Inter-Tribal powwow. Our Arena Director is William St. Cyr, and our local city council representative Carl Eskridge will speak following Grand Entry, the flag song and tail dances Saturday afternoon.

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Minority Health Initiative

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The Minority Health Initiative unites eight organizations with goals to increase healthy living and access to health care in Lincoln. Indian Center is leading the effort, which has three areas of priority focus: diabetes, cardiovascular diesase, and obesity. All services are income-based.

See the full MHI program brochure for more information!

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Board Member Laid to Rest: Edna M. Freemont

One of the Indian Center's Board of Directors' longest-serving members, family and community advocate Edna M. Freemont, was laid to rest today at Wyuka Cemetary here in Lincoln, NE. Born on the Omaha Indian reservation, Freemont chose to remain in Lincoln with her children and grandchildren, including an infant grandson lost in 2001, whose plot at Wyuka is just feet from her own.

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Happy New Year

Photo greeting compiled from our New Year's Eve event.

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Back to the 1800s

Total blame was shouldered by the Indian Center for an isolated unfortunate situation last fall during football season. The ramifications have caused much distress for many in the community in ways that most people are likely unaware.

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Show Your Support

Whether it's the gift of a dining room table so that a family doesn't have to eat together on the floor, blankets and clothing for a newborn baby, or a food package to make meals stretch through to payday, the Indian Center is a place that hundreds of people from the Lincoln community and beyond have found to come for help. We aren't an emergency shelter, but people will show up at our doorstep with nothing, seeking direction and any guidance we can offer.

When a single mom hastily relocated to Lincoln to escape an abusive situation, she arrived and found that she was able to receive from the Indian Center a can of formula and diapers for her baby, a bus pass free of charge to look for a job, and some assorted clothing and household items. The children were able to sign up for Christmas programs to receive gifts despite arriving after most holiday program deadlines. The family now regularly attends free cultural events at the Indian Center on the weekends for cultural and more ...

Upcoming Events at the Indian Center

Living Well!
Fridays beginning March 10, from 1 to 3pm at the Indian Center through April 21st. For anyone living with chronic health conditions.
Living Well


The Indian Center is honored to share a sweat lodge with the community.
We are humbled and hope to carry on with its rituals in a good way and invite all who may be interested to partake safely here on our grounds. If you have questions about the protocol, contact Mike Wolfe or Greg Donovan at the Indian Center, 402.438.5231.

Society of Care 
Is your child sad? Bullied? Lonely? Overwhelmed?

How may we help your child?

Confidential - Culturally Competent Counseling

To get your child help please call Lincoln Navigator, Renee Geller, at 531.739.8084

friday family nights

Second Fridays Native American Night
Held every second Friday of the month
5:30pm-8:00pm, beginning with a prayer and meal
Sponsored by: SENNAC 


**Attention Native American WIOA Clients**

If you have moved, changed your telephone number, or changed employment status please notify our office(s) as soon as possible.

WIOA Lincoln office (402) 438-5231---Cristi Thaut, cthaut@icind.org

WIOA Omaha Office (402) 932-3351----Cuba Dabney, cdabney@icindn.org

WIOA Scottsbluff Office (308) 632-5100---Jina Red Nest, jrednest@icindn.org


**Attention CSFP Clients**

As of Feb. 2014, mothers and children are no longer considered to be CSFP clients due to the Farm Bill Budget Cuts. Important for all clients to meet their appointment dates. For more information please contact Kathleen Harlan at 402-438-5231.  



In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportuntiy provider and employer.

Indian Center Inc.
Phone: 1-402-438-5231
Fax: 1-402-438-5236
1100 Military Road, Lincoln, NE 68508