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Nebraska has a strong American Indian heritage. About 15 different tribes of Plains Indians have been identified as having occupied land in what is now the state, or having lived in or hunted within the current state's boundaries. Some of the more prominent tribes that lived in what is now Nebraska include the Omaha, Oto, Pawnee, and Sioux. Other major tribes that moved from Nebraska to other regions, or hunted in the area, include the Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Comanche. Other lesser tribes include the Arikara, Fox, Iowa, Kiowa, and Sauk.
Nowadays, the names of many towns in Nebraska reflect the state's American Indian heritage, including Omaha, the state's largest city. It comes from umanhan, the Omaha tribe's phrase meaning "dwellers on the bluff." The name of the state itself comes from nebraskier, the Oto tribe's word for "flat water" or "broad river," describing the Platte River.
Even though Nebraska was a stronghold of so many tribes of Plains Indians, American Indians today make up only one percent of the state's population.
Written Nov 30, 2010
I grew up in Alaska yet spent high school and university years in Nebraska. This is the only reason for return to this state..a good reason. Our family consists of my parents, five kids, and seven nieces and nephews. I am the only one who has left for the warmer climate of the South. We are a very close family. The love resonates..they are always together. I do phone them all at least twice a week so I am there in spirit.
Updated Aug 5, 2007
NEBRASKANS LOVE TO FLY THE FLAG, and not just in places where you would expect it. Here a road construction crew has hoisted a flag at their worksite on an overpass over interstate 80 near Sidney, in far western Nebraska.
Written Sep 21, 2006
EARLY IN THE MORNING, when the air is still, you may hear and see these slow-moving airplanes cutting tight corners and flying very low. They are dusting (or spraying) chemicals to kill insects. They apply these chemicals to the fields of corn, soybeans, or whatever is growing there.
Crop dusting is a dangerous job. Once in awhile a pilot loses his life in this occupation.
Written Jul 19, 2006
In the fall, the corn harvest is usually so abundant that the grain elevators quickly fill up and then corn must be stored out on the ground, forming large golden hills like this.
Warning: do not climb these hills of corn. It is like quicksand, and you can smother in the corn. Stay off!
Updated Jun 8, 2006
ALL ACROSS THIS FAIRLY LARGE STATE, you can see expressions of love and support for the University of Nebraska Huskers. It might be a Husker room in someone's basement, a Husker lawn sprinkler in the front yard, a Husker flag flying in the breeze, or whatever.
This particular expression is in Campbell, Nebraska, which is roughly 130 miles from Lincoln. But it would be easy to find other Husker items even in the northwestern corner of the state, and that would be about 350 to 400 miles away!
In summary; Nebraskans love their Huskers!
Written Jun 8, 2006
Indians, as the ancient inhabitants of this land are called, live a life steeped in their culture. They are very private people who may seem very reserved at first. Once they have a relationship or friendship with you, they open up to you and fill you up with a treasure trove of information on their concept of the world and the world of the spirits.
Updated May 15, 2005
The people of Nebraska are great! We are the Huskers you know! We are kind of conservative types, of course this is generally speaking. But we definatly are more relaxed than other states. I think that the people in Nebraska are great! We are genuine, and not fake! Go huskers!
Written Sep 7, 2002
It is a Rural Midwest thing. Meeting some one in a vehicle, the driver will raise one finger from the steering wheel to acknowledge you. It is the index finger, usually the left hand, sometimes the first and second finger is raised from the steering wheel. The third finger is the same the world over and is not nice
Updated Aug 30, 2002
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park (Ph #: 308-535-8035) in North Platte, Nebraska is the home of Buffalo Bill Cody who held the first rodeo, the 'Old Glory Blowout', on July 4, 1882. Born in Iowa, William Frederick ('Buffalo Bill') Cody, was raised in Kansas. The buffalo hunter, Army scout, and showman began his career as a military scout in Kansas, and in l868 became a scout for the 5th Cavalry at Fort McPherson, Nebraska. For the next three years he was a guide for expeditions in western Nebraska. In l872 he led the hunting party of the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia. He served in the Nebraska National Guard from l890 to l89l. Cody became a legendary figure partly because of dime novels written by Ned Buntline. These books enlarged Cody's reputation as a Pony Express rider, buffalo hunter, and U.S. Army Scout (although historians have cast considerable doubt on his Pony Express rider claims). Buntline influenced Cody to go to New York to star in a melodrama, 'The Scouts of the Prairie' in l872-73. After this Cody formed his own dramatic company and produced stage shows from l875 to l882. In partnership with Dr. W.F. Carver, Cody opened a show, 'Wild West, Rocky Mountain, and Prairie Exhibition' in May l883 in Omaha before an audience of 8,000 people. This was the first truly successful entertainment of this type, and tours in the United States and in Europe followed from l883 to l9l3. At the time of the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in l893, Cody's Wild West Show was located nearby. One of the means used to publicize the exposition was a horse race from Chadron, Nebraska to Chicago. Buffalo Bill and a small crowd greeted the winner of the race, John Berry, and Cody added $500 to the original prize money Berry received. Cody was later associated with the North Brothers in a ranch on the Dismal River north of North Platte from 1877 to 1882. This was the first ranch with headquarters north of the Platte River valley in the Sandhills. Later Cody developed his Scout's Rest Ranch near North Platte, and it is now a state historical park. Cody moved to Wyoming, where he became a land developer near present-day Cody, a town named in his honor. Cody died January l0, l9l7, at Denver, Colorado and he is buried atop Lookout Mountain, Golden, Colorado. He was made a member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in 1958 and a member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame in l967. Cody received the United States Medal of Honor in 1872 for gallantry as an army scout, but a congressional ruling in 1917, shortly after Cody's death, caused his medal to be revoked. The ruling stated that only enlisted men and officers could receive the medal and that army scouts, who were considered civilians, were ineligible. In the summer of 1989 the army returned Cody's name to the Medal of Honor list. The medal which reads 'The Congress to William F.Cody, guide, for gallantry at Platte River, Neb., April 26, 1872,' had been retained by the Cody family, because the army had not requested its return. The bronze, star-shaped medal may be seen at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center at Cody, Wyoming.
Updated Aug 26, 2002
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