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Omaha Nebraska

Had a great time in Omaha performing for Native American students in the Omaha School district. Tami Maldonado-Mancebo is the Native American Programs Director and does a wonderful job providing programs and support for both students and parents in the Omaha Native American communities. She has proven that making connections thru the arts is proving success in getting students to stay in school. I found that there are many tribes represented in the Omaha School District. There’s the Ponca, Pottowattami, Winnebago, Blackfeet, Lakota, Omaha, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Comanche, and many, many more. One of the fascinating stories I heard was the inter-marriages of African American slaves and of the various tribes in the region. Tami produced a play based on the children’s book, “Crossing Bok Chitto” by Tim Tingle. The story is about a slave family who escapes across the Missouri River into the safety of Indian Lands.

Family Gathering at the American Indian Education Center in Omaha, Nebraska

Family Gathering at the American Indian Education Center in Omaha, Nebraska

Plans are to go back to Omaha sometime in the spring to work on a play based on the book.

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