About the Project

Overview

The Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project is a space for telling the stories of the American Indian children who attended Genoa, the stories of their communities, and the stories of their descendants. To help in telling these stories, we are first digitizing government records of Genoa from various federal and state archives, materials which are often difficult to locate and access. We hope that returning these records to American Indian families and tribes may be an act of archival reconciliation—of bringing history home. Over the longer term, we aim to support descendant communities in telling more complete stories of Genoa and to promote awareness and truth-seeking about the boarding schools among all Americans.

Group photo from the November 2019 meeting of the Community Advisors Council.
Stuart Redwing, Liz Lorang, Susana Grajales Geliga, Margaret Jacobs, Judi gaiashkibos, Michelle Tiedje, Nancy Carlson, Larry Wright, and Lydia Presley (back row, left to right); Luta Menard, Alyce Tejral, and Katelyn Trammell (front row, left to right)

Our Team

Community Advisors Council

Co-Chairs
  • Judi M. gaiashkibos (Ponca), Executive Director, Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, 2017–
  • James Riding In (Pawnee), Associate Professor of American Indian Studies, Arizona State University, 2017–
Members
  • Everett Baxter (Omaha), Councilman, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska Representative, 2020–
  • Nancy Carlson, Charter Member, Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation, 2017–
  • Ben Crawford, Curator & NAGPRA Assistant, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, 2020–
  • Stuart Redwing (Santee), Secretary, Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, 2019–
  • Larry Wright, Jr. (Ponca), Chairman, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, 2018–
Former Participants in the Community Advisors Council
  • Orville Cayou (Secretary, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska), 2018
  • Dwight Howe (Director of Cultural Affairs, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska), 2018
  • Luta Menard, representative for UNITE (University of Nebraska Inter-Tribal Exchange student group), 2019-2020
  • Sky Morgan (Winnebago), representative for UNITE, 2018-2019
  • Randy Teboe (Winnebago THPO, representing Winnebago Chairman Frank White), 2018-2019
  • Roger Trudell (Chairman, Santee Sioux Nation), 2018-2019
  • Mike Wolfe (Chairman, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska), 2018
  • Clifford Wolfe (Omaha Tribal Council Member), 2018
Artist
  • Henry Payer (Winnebago), 2020–

UNL Team

Current Team Members
  • Margaret Jacobs (project co-director), 2016–
  • Elizabeth Lorang (project co-director), 2017–
  • Baligh Ben Taleb (graduate research assistant), 2017–2018; 2020–
  • Karin Dalziel (front-end developer and designer, technical consultant), 2018–
  • Susana D. Grajales Geliga (Lakota and Taino) (graduate research associate), 2018–
  • Nicole Gray (project specialist), 2020–
  • Katie Nieland (publicist and design assistant), 2020–
  • Greg Tunink (back-end developer, technical consultant), 2018–
Former Project Participants
  • Mikal Brotnov Eckstrom (Nimmipuu ancestry), 2016–2017
  • Veronica Duran (graduate research assistant), 2019–2020
  • Blake Graham (audiovisual preservation lead), 2018–2019
  • Kiylista Harden (Winnebago) (undergraduate research assistant), 2019–2020
  • Christy Hyman (graduate research assistant), 2018–2019
  • Ipsita Mitra (graduate research assistant), 2019
  • Sky Morgan (Winnebago) (undergraduate research assistant), 2018–2019
  • Lydia Presley (graduate research assistant), 2018–2019
  • Eric Saxon (research specialist), 2020
  • Michelle Tiedje (project manager, project specialist), 2018–2020
  • Daelyn Zagurski (Winnebago) (undergraduate research assistant), 2019–2020

Our Partners and Sponsors

Collaborating Institutions
  • Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation
  • National Archives at Denver
  • National Archives at Kansas City
  • Oklahoma State Historical Society
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Support Provided By
  • Council on Library and Information Resources
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University Libraries, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Office of Sponsored Programs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln