This project explores points of Native American
and European points of contact in the early 1800s including Fort
Atkinson and Cabannes Trading Post.
Photo courtesy of Joslyn Art Museum
For more information click here, Early Contact
Music has had a significant impact on people throughout history and
provides a soundtrack for their experiences. It has the remarkable
ability to enhance history and tell the story of a people. The presence
of music in Omaha has continued to help the African American community
survive hardships like discrimination and segregation by acting as a
source of encouragement and motivation to keep the fight for equal
rights alive. It has given comfort when people are in pain and calm in
times of stress. The presence of music has also amplified joy in happier
times and fed the excitement during times of celebration.
For more information click here, Modern Music
Tuskegee Airmen were heroes in World War II. They were African American
fighter pilots of the 332nd fighter group. 450 Tuskegee Airmen served
in Europe during World War II, 68 of whom were killed or went missing in
action. The main purpose that they served was to escort the bombers
into Germany and back. White bomber pilots requested that the Tuskegee
Airman escort them because they had gained a reputation for not losing
bombers. The Tuskegee Airmen were trailblazers in integrating the
Military. They endured the hate of Jim Crow, inside and outside the
military, and inspired the start of the integration of the military by
order of President Truman in 1948. The Tuskegee Airmen served with
distinction, receiving 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Legion of
Merit, a Red Star of Yugoslavia, 8 Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, 14
Bronze Stars, 744 Air Medals, and 3 Presidential Unit Citations. They
also earned a long delayed Medal of Honor in 2007. As you can see, the
Tuskegee Airmen deserve the respect of all Americans.
For more information click here, Tuskegee Airmen
Arts and Culture
Traditions, arts, and culture play large roles in the daily lives of
Native Americans. Despite suffering cultural suppression, pacification,
and assimilation, contemporary Native Americans are attempting cultural
revitalization. Learn about changes in arts and culture between the past
and the present and how traditions are kept alive.
For more information click here, Arts and Culture
Hollis Stabler received numerous awards: four bronze stars, one silver
and the purple heart. He also got the Omaha name Na-shin-tia, meaning
slow to rise. Hollis fought in Morocco, Tunisia, Silicy and Anzio.
This page is dedicated to Native American Veterans like Hollis Stabler.
For more information click here, Military
Visual art is an important avenue for self-expression and always has a
story behind it. African American visual arts have long been an
important part of the community in North Omaha, murals, statues, and art
galleries are all around. Art helps make up the unique identity of the
people and community. Our project is bringing African American visual
arts in Omaha to the surface so that they are not forgotten as African
American art has been in the past.
For more information click here, Visual Arts
In 1898, Omaha hosted the Trans-Mississippi Exposition. Within the
exposition was the Indian Congress. Here, visitors saw an interpretation
of life for Plains Indians.
For more information click here, Indian Congress
Civil Rights: Tactics and Strategy for Change
Segregation, discrimination, and unfair, these are the words that were
commonly used by the North Omaha black community in the 1950s and 1960s
to describe the struggles of minorities. These words would thrive in a
new era, The Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement was made
up of citizens who wanted to achieve equality, to take charge in their
lives, and to do something to make things right, not only for blacks,
but other ethnic groups as well. Some groups were non-violent such as
the 4CL (the Citizens Coordinating Committe for Civil Liberties) and
the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement for Colored People).
Others were more radical such as the Black Panthers. However, they all
shared a common goal: Civil Rights.
For more information click here, Civil Rights: Tactics and Strategy for Change
Through the years, Native American education has evolved. At present,
it takes traditions of the past and intertwines them with hopes for the
future. This webpage takes a journey from traditional native teachings,
through Indian boarding schools, and into today’s native educational
opportunities. Interviews from Mr. Rudi Mitchell and Ms. Tami Maldonado
accompany archival photographs and historical research.
For more information click here, Education
Dr. James Ramirez
Few people have done more than Dr. James Hernandez for OPS students and teachers and Mexican American students and teachers, in particular.
For more information click here, Dr. James Ramirez