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Legacies and Landmarks of the Plains Native Americans

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College Teachers

Postmark Deadline: March 1, 2012

“Legacies and Landmarks of the Plains Native Americans” consists of two one-week NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops held during summer 2012 for fifty community college faculty members on Plains Native American history and culture from the eighteenth century to the present day. Hosted by Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska, the project focuses on three Great Plains tribes: the Pawnee, the Ponca, and the Omaha. It examines their history through scholarly lectures, literature, film, art, and music, as well as the stories of tribal leaders. It also addresses the tribes’ efforts to preserve cultural identity, particularly with regard to U.S. tribal policy, past and present. The faculty team comprises scholars, regional professionals, and cultural representatives. Professors Donna Roper, Renee Laegrid, Beth Ritter, and David Wishart address, respectively, Pawnee archaeology, the history of Native American women, Native American anthropology, and the dispossession of the Nebraska Indians. Robert Palmquist, a tribal attorney, outlines the federal/tribal relationship, and Judi Gaiashkibos, Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, discusses the Genoa U.S. Indian School that educated children from ten states and twenty tribes, illustrating the challenges of Native American assimilation. Matthew “Sitting Bear” Jones, an Otoe-Missouria, and Pat Leading Fox, Chief of the Pawnee Nation's Nasharo Council, also offer their perspectives. Specific landmarks, such as the Pawnee Indian Museum and extensive archaeological site, the Genoa U.S. Indian School, the Joslyn Art Museum’s Ponca art and artifacts, the Neihardt Center and Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden, and an Omaha Reservation and Tribal Office, augment the immersion in the Great Plains landscape. In addition to Gene Wiltfish’s acclaimed The Lost Universe: Pawnee Life and Culture, key readings consist of books by five of the faculty. 

Dates: Columbus, NE: June 17–22 or June 24–29
Grantee Institutions: Dianna Parmley and Kathryn Ballobin, Central Community College
Location: Columbus, NE with site visits to: Pawnee Indian Village, Republic, KS; Genoa U. S. Indian School; Joslyn Art Museum and Historic Old Market, Omaha, NE; and the Omaha Indian Reservation, Macy and Walthill, NE

About NEH Landmarks of American History: Workshops for Community College Faculty

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the federal government. As part of the NEH’s We the People program, we offer the following Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College Faculty. NEH Landmarks Workshops provide the opportunity for community college educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history and culture. These one-week programs will give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence. Landmarks Workshops present the best scholarship on a specific landmark or related cluster of landmarks, enabling participants to gain a sense of the importance of historical places, to make connections between what they learn in the Workshop and what they teach, to advance their own scholarship, and to develop enhanced teaching materials.

Amount of Award

Faculty selected to participate will receive a stipend of $1,200. Stipends help cover living expenses, books, and travel expenses to and from the Workshop location.


These projects are designed for faculty members at American community colleges. Adjunct and part-time lecturers as well as full-time faculty are eligible to apply. Other community college staff, including librarians and administrators, are eligible to compete, provided they can advance the teaching and/or research goals of the workshop. An applicant need not have an advanced degree in order to qualify. Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must complete the NEH application and provide all of the information requested to be considered eligible.

New this year: An individual may apply to up to two NEH Summer Programs in any one year (Landmarks Workshops, Summer Seminars, or Summer Institutes), but may participate in only one. Please note that eligibility criteria differ significantly between the Landmarks Workshops and the Seminars and Institutes Programs.

How to Apply

Please e-mail, telephone or send by U.S. Post a request for application information and expanded Workshop descriptions to the Landmarks directors listed here; in many cases, these materials will also be available on project websites. You may request information about as many Workshops as you like, and, as noted above, you may apply to up to two programs but participate in only one.