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Native Communities

Native Communities


Wowiyuṡkiƞ- Dakota

Údoⁿ thatʰí te- Ponca & Umoⁿhoⁿ

Hanįcara haipį- Ho Chunk (translated “I am happy to see you”)

Nebraska resides on the past, present, and future homelands of the Pawnee, Ponca, Oto-Missouria, Umoⁿhoⁿ, Dakota, Lakota, Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Kaw Peoples, as well as the relocated Ho Chunk (Winnebago), Iowa, and Sac and Fox Peoples. This land acknowledgement will allow the opportunity to understand the impact of the colonization in Nebraska on the Tribes who occupied the area. Please take a moment to consider the legacies of more than 150 years of displacement, violence, settlement, and survival that bring us together here today. We respect and seek out inclusion of differences, realizing we can learn from each other, and we look forward to building long-lasting relationships with the Indigenous People of Nebraska.

We work alongside community members in four tribes: Winnebago Tribe, Umonhon Tribe, Ponca Tribe, and Santee Tribe as well as the Nebraska Indian Community College  and Little Priest Tribal College to nurture food systems. We offer activities to foster cultural traditions, improve diets, better health, and support families growing fruits and vegetables.

Fresh, healthy food in your hands

Community workshops: Throughout the year, we offer training and assistance on growing, harvesting, preserving and cooking fresh food from your garden and foods native to the area to all community members young to elders. We hold trainings on marketing and selling produce from your garden. Demonstration meals represent how to cook and prepare foods from our garden to share with family, friends and market customers.

Home garden visits: Our garden team visits gardens throughout the summer to answer any questions and help with garden advice. We work to empower our communities by teaching sustainable and traditional gardening techniques. 

Indigenous markets: At no cost to our participants or vendors, we support farmers markets, pop ups, and other special events for gardeners to sell extra produce to make a small income. We also welcome bead workers, arts and crafts persons, bakers, and other community members, as well as gardeners, farmers, and artists from the surrounding area to sell homemade and handmade items. 

Makerspace: What is a Makerspace? A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside Nebraska Indian Community College on the Macy and Santee campuses for making, learning, exploring, and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools weaving in a variety of traditional cultural elements. These spaces are open to youth, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment. The space is held on NICC campus and available during specified hours maintained by Center staff. 

  • Glowforge
  • Cricut Maker 3
  • T-shirt Press
  • Sublimation printer
  • Quilting Machine
  • Sewing Machines
  • Embroidery machine
  • XL Harvest Right Freeze dryer
  • Sticker & Button maker

Nebraska Intertribal Food Council: The Nebraska Intertribal Food Council is dedicated to uniting the Winnebago Tribe, Umonhon Tribe, Ponca Tribe, and Santee Tribe in a collaborative effort to promote and strengthen food sovereignty among our Indigenous communities. We are committed to preserving and revitalizing our traditional food systems while prioritizing education, sustainability, and cultural preservation. By harnessing the wisdom of our elders and the power of collective action, we aspire to create a thriving and resilient Indigenous food system for current and future generations.

Native American Business Assistance: We link Native-owned small businesses with training, technical assistance, up-to-date small business information, coaching and resources specifically for Native American business owners.

  • One-to-one coaching, personalized to meet your business needs wherever you are in your journey
  • Access to business training classes 
  • Support developing your business plan 
  • Support for establishing and growing your business 
  • Access to financial literacy classes 
  • Referrals to the Center's services and programs

What program and/or business advisor is the right fit for you? We can help. Our team works with clients from the Umonhon, Isanti, Winnebago, and Ponca Tribes interested in furthering their business ventures. Click here to fill out our inquiry form and a team member will respond within 7 business days.

Learn more

Get inspired to create your own food, farming, or art-based cooperatives. And, watch videos from our workshops on how to make healthy foods like black bean brownies, wild rice, sprouted grain bread, and more.

One-on-one business coaching

Our trained staff provides individualized support, tailored to your needs. This is a great opportunity for small business owners to access resources who want assistance moving their business to the next level whether that is taking first steps or guidance on expanding. Our business development coaching services include: 

  • Business review and assessment 
  • Bookkeeping and business management strategies 
  • Comprehensive business planning 
  • Financial planning budgeting, goal setting and forecasting 
  • Market research and analysis 
  • Product cost analysis 
  • Topic specific coaching and mentoring 
  • Technical assistance with digital marketplace tools and digital strategy

Regional Tribes

If you are not a member of a Native community, you might like to dive into some of our regional Tribes by spending some time learning about the history and culture of the Tribes in your state. Here are a few links you can start with:


Our partner, the Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) has histories about two Tribes: Santee Sioux Nation & Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa. 

Or visit the Santee Tribe's website:

The Umonhon Nation Public Schools Farm to School Program 

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's history page is here.  

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska history webpage is here.


The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, also known as the Meskwaki Nation, have their history on their website as well.

Minnesota and South Dakota

Minnesota and South Dakota each have many registered Tribes, here is a sample:

Minnesota: the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe history page (their solar work is featured on our blog)

South Dakota: the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, which is located northwest of Nebraska's Santee Sioux Nation.

Links to other Indigenous resources

Upcoming events

Up-to-date information regarding current Native American specific trainings for you to grow and thrive. Reach out to our team for help you register for free virtual and in-person small business, nutrition, food sovereignty, and other training and workshop opportunities.