Genoa U.S. Indian School
The Genoa Indian School Reunion/Celebration will be on August 10th, 2013
in Genoa, Nebraska at the Genoa Indian School Museum & Interpretive Center (209 East Webster).
This is the 24th year of this celebration. To honor and celebrate the students that attended
the Genoa School, the 43 Tribal Nations that had students attend have sent their Tribal Nation’s
Flag and/ or Tribal Seal. Great meaning and Tribal Identity is associated with their Flag
and the gift of a Flag is one of the highest honors a Tribal Nation can bestow.
These beautiful and colorful Flags and Seals are on display in the Genoa Indian School
Interpretive Center. A video presentation in the Interpretive Center helps everyone to
visualize the school. Through out the day, tours of the Indian School Interpretive Center
will be conducted.
The day’s activities start in the air conditioned St. Rose of Lima Community Center, next door
to the Indian School. These activities are: 9AM the research center will open and be available
until 4 pm. At the research center, descendants are invited to look up family members, view
photos and old school newspapers. 9:30 AM Shelley Frear will speak on The Genoa Indian School:
A Mixed Legacy based on her Master’s degree research. 10:30 – 11:30, Dr. Charles Trimble will
present on his book IYESKA, which deals with some of his experiences at a Boarding School in
the Pine Ridge. His mother had attended the Genoa Boarding School. From 10 AM to 4 PM there will
be Native American jewelry & crafts to purchase and tours of the Indian School Interpretive Center.
All Native Crafters are encouraged to bring items for sale. There is no charge for a table.
(Call 402-993-6636 to reserve a table). Come view & buy their gorgeous items. From 11:30 AM
until 1 PM Native American Tacos and fry bread will be for sale. This delicious treat is made by
Jan Ellston and her family. They are descendents of former students. At 12:30 PM the film staring
the 1st Native American actress Red Wing will be shown. The film concludes at 1:30 at which time
Shirley Sneve, Director of Vision Maker Media will speak. Pattie Valladolid and other relatives
will speak about the film and actress Red Wing at 2:30. This will be followed by all Native
Americans sharing photos, and memories about the Genoa School and family history.
An ice cream social will conclude the event at 4:00 pm. There will be recognition of each Native
American present and they will be encouraged to speak if they wish. A short memorial will honor
former students, family and volunteers who have passed this year. The Wolfe Family Scholarship
will also be presented by the Wolfe Family from Texas. This will conclude a day full of
entertaining and educational experiences.In addition, the Downtown Museum, which features
Pawnee and Mormon items, will be open in the afternoon and everyone is encouraged to pay their
respects at the Pawnee Memorial in the east end of the Genoa Cemetery.
The general public is encouraged to attend all these free activities and learn about this
Federal Boarding School and about the Native Tribes who sent students here.
The day’s activities are sponsored by the Genoa Indian School Foundation.
We hope the day’s activities educate us and strengthen our ties to Native American cultural traditions.
Visit the Genoa Indian School web page and Facebook page for background information.
Please come and bring the family, for a free, educational and entertaining day.
For more information, call 402-993-6636, 402-993-6036 or 402-562-8528
Saturday, August 9, 2014
900 – 6:00 - Muzzleloader Camp- Indian School Barn area
9:00 – 4:00 PM- Research Center Open- St Rose of Lima Community Center
10:00- 5:00- Research Center Open- St Rose of Lima Community Center
9:30 – 10:30- Films on Genoa Indian School and past reunions–
St. Rose of Lima Community Center
10:30 – 11:00- UNO Students- invited to speak about their research on the students signatures
in the dairy barn under Dr. Zendejas guidance.
10:00 AM - 4:00PM- Native American Jewelry and Crafts –table free to Native Crafters
10:00 AM - 4:00PM- Tours: Indian School Interpretive Center/Museum featuring Omaha Nation’s
childrens art and over 40 Native Nation flags. .
11:00- 1:00PM- Native American Tacos made by the Ellstons- St. Rose of Lima Community
1:00 – 1:30- Presentation on 25 years of Reunions, Wolfe scholarship presentation
and memorial- St. Rose of Lima Community Center
1:00 – 5:00 Downtown Museum open features Pawnee & Mormon items
1:30 – 2:30 Former Students & descendents round table discussion
2:30 – 3:00- Nancy Gillis- Humanities speaker- presentation Voice of Native American
Women. St. Rose of Lima Community Center
For information call- 402-993-6636 402-562-8528 or 402-993-6036
Sponsored by the Genoa Indian School Foundation
` Sponsored by the Genoa Indian School Foundation and the Nebraska Humanities Council