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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

 

2013 Reunion/Celebration
Saturday, August 10, 2013

9:00 – 4:00 PM- Research Center Open- St Rose of Lima Community Center

9:00 – Advisory Board Meeting

9:30 – 10:30- Shelley Frear will speak on The Genoa Indian School: 
A Mixed Legacy
research she did for her Master’s Thesis    
St. Rose of Lima Community Center

10:30 – 11:30- Dr. Charles Trimble-  will speak about his book IYESKA, some of which 
deals with his experiences in an
Indian Boarding School on the Pine Ridge.

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  a film 
about the school and over 40 Native Nation flags                                              .
                                                 

11:30- 1:00PM- Native American Tacos made by the Ellstons- 
St. Rose of Lima Community

12:30 – 1:30- Showing of the film staring the 1st Native American actress Red Wing.

1:00 – 5:00  Downtown Museum open  features Pawnee & Mormon items

1:30 – 2:30  Shirley Sneve (Rosebud Sioux), Director of Vision Maker Media  will speak.   

2:30 – 3:00- Pattie Valladolid (Winnebago) and other relatives will speak about the 
film and actress Red Wing.

3:00 – 4:00-  Former students & descendants will share memories, photos and 
be video recorded & memorial & scholarship presentation -
St. Rose of Lima
Community Center                  

4:00- Ice cream Social-  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   

 

 

 

 

For information call- 402-993-6636   402-562-8528 or 402-993-6036   

    

`                           Sponsored by the Genoa Indian School Foundation and the Nebraska Humanities Council

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Genoa Historical Museum

Open Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Memorial Day through Labor Day or by Appointment.

For More Information or to Schedule a Tour

Call 402-993-2330

 

For more information on these Events

Call 402-993-6636 or 402-993-6055

 

 

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