Native Americans Nebraska employees were deeply saddened by the recent discoveries of Indigenous children’s remains at residential schools in Canada. Nebraska has its own ugly past with “Indian Schools.”

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight the important stories in our state's past. 

Today, we're focusing on a sad story: the death of White Buffalo Girl during the forced removal of the Ponca from their homeland and the promise that the people of Neligh made to her father, Black Elk.

Marker Location

43847-43917 Nebraska 2, Ravenna, Buffalo County, Nebraska; 41.010822, -98.89572

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As historians, the names we give to events are important. They imply interpretation but are also matters of consensus. This is a story of the ongoing debate over the name of a great tragedy at Fort Robinson.

Pawnee Marker

Location: City Park, Genoa, Nance County, Nebraska; 41.44261, -97.73543

During the 1860s, Nebraska City was a major depot for freighting across the plains by both individuals and large companies. NSHS RG2294-37


More than five thousand U.S. Army officers and soldiers were mobilized in the weeks leading up to the Wounded Knee Massacre. The troops – sent to subdue “hostile” Indians on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations - totaled nearly a quarter of the U.S. Army’s fighting strength. In the Spring 2014 issue of Nebraska History, historian Jerome Greene explains this drastic escalation of military tension step-by-step.

The Death of Crazy Horse as portrayed by Amos Bad Heart Bull

The medicine bundle of Oglala Lakota leader Crazy Horse is six feet deep somewhere in Minatare, Nebraska. A medicine bundle was a package that contained a man’s most sacred things – perhaps special stones, herbs, beads, or hair. The bundles were believed to have special power, and were guarded carefully by their owners.

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