Written by Chelsea Larsen:
The Pawnee Arts Center made the cut!! The center will be among eighty Nebraska attractions on ten themed tours along Nebraska’s Passport Program. This year’s Passport Program will be helping celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
“The Passport Program encourages travelers to explore the state collecting stamps, while reconnecting with Nebraska and supporting small business and attractions,” explains Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director Kathy McKillip in the press release. “Year after year the program gains popularity. In 2015 more than 24,600 travelers collected stamps and we expect 2016’s participation to be even better.” Stop by the Pawnee Arts Center to get all the details on the program.
At the time of Dannebrog’s settlement, about 200 Pawnee made up an established village on the Middle Loup River. This population swelled to 500 by Christmas 1871. Within thirty years, the Pawnee would be completely relocated to Oklahoma. In 2007, Roger Welsch became the first white man to return his land back to the Native Americans. The Pawnee became landowners in Nebraska for the first time in over a hundred years when Welsch gave over 60 acres back to them. The previous owners of The Lil Mermaid followed suit in 2009, when they retired and deeded the building to the Pawnee Nation.[Continue Reading…]