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Annual reunion, celebration at U.S. Indian School planned

Annual reunion, celebration at U.S. Indian School planned

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An annual reunion and public celebration at the U.S. Indian School at Genoa will be Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

An 1880s-style Muzzleloaders Camp will feature cannon and rifle firings, beadworking, cooking over an open fire and displays of period clothing.

Native jewelry and crafts will be on sale each day.

The film "Trial of Standing Bear" will be shown at 11 a.m. Saturday in the St. Rose of Lima Community Room. Native tacos and fry bread will be sold from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the center. The food will be prepared by the Ellston family, whose ancestors attended the Genoa Indian School.

At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, a short program and hands-on activities for all ages will focus on the Santee Sioux. Many Santee Sioux attended the school from 1884 to 1934.

A buffalo and beef banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday (advance reservations were required).

At 2 p.m. Sunday, a group of Santee Sioux dancers called "Bringing Back the Values" will perform.

The Genoa U.S. Indian School Museum will be open Saturday and Sunday, with tours of the barns at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Genoa Museum also will display pictures from the Indian School.

Call (402) 993-6636, (402) 562-8528 or (402) 993-2489 for more information. The Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation and Nebraska Humanities Council provided major funding for the program.


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