Nebraska Indian College Building GardenFeb 15th, 1997 | By tcj | Category: 8-4: Racism, Tribal College News
In a model of cooperation, the Nebraska Indian Community College is working with federal, tribal, and state agencies to construct an interpretive cultural garden in the Niobrara State Park. In addition to the college and the state park, the project involves the Santee Sioux Tribe, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The educational project will include culturally relevant plants with descriptive markers. The garden will be outlined in a medicine wheel pattern formed with natural materials, such as stones and chipped wood. The project developers hope to publish a book on the Santee and Ponca Tribes’ uses of medicinal plants. Nebraska Indian Community College was founded in 1972. It has two campuses in Nebraska–Macy and Niobrara–and one in Yankton, South Dakota. It is chartered by the Omaha Tribe, the Santee Sioux, and the Yankton Sioux.