Santee Garden and Market Project Up and Growing

An Open House is planned for June 20, 2015 to celebrate the Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) Public Market season. The open house runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ohiya Casino & Resort in Santee, Nebraska.

The Market will be held outside. Shoppers will find arts and crafts, food and fun, and musical entertainment. Look for fresh baked goods and coffee, Indian tacos and other prepared foods, jams and jellies, and hand-made Native American crafts. You'll also be able to participate in a native bead demonstration. You and the family could take home a new hand-crafted treasure!

The Public Market is part of the Santee Garden and Market Project, a joint effort between the Center for Rural Affairs and the Nebraska Indian Community College. Working together and building on grassroots interest and support, the project is bringing fresh foods and economic opportunity to Santee.

A series of garden and market trainings throughout the year have been showing gardeners how to grow food for home consumption. Extra produce will be sold at the Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market. We also welcome beaders, arts and crafts persons, bakers, and other community members to sell homemade and handmade items.

Booth space is free, and all vendors are welcome, especially those from surrounding communities. Setup time for vendors starts at 9 a.m. Tables and tents are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so vendors are encouraged to bring their own. The market is located on the Santee Sioux Reservation at the Ohiya Casino and Resort at 53142 Highway 12, Niobrara, Nebraska.
The market first launched in 2012 with 16 vendors and over 600 customers. There is ample opportunity for vendors to make a nice income every Saturday throughout the summer, especially with all the tourists and casino-goers. Another market will take place in July, and then every Saturday from August through October. 

We look forward to adding new food and craft vendors throughout the season. To sign up for free booth space or to learn more about the project, contact Jim Hallum at 402.961.0085 or me, Veronica Erenberg, at 267.679.1251.