Earlier this week the BNSF Railway Foundation awarded the Lincoln Community Foundation $15,000 toward the endowment established for the Chief Standing Bear Scholarship Fund. Each year the scholarship is offered to two Native American students who are enrolled in a tribe and who will be attending a higher-education institution.
The scholarship is named after Chief Standing Bear, a Ponca chief who significantly advanced civil rights for Native Americans and who has left a lasting impression on the state of Nebraska and the nation.
Judi Gaiashkibos, Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, and Senator Tom Brewer accepted the donation on behalf of the community foundation. Chris Howell, director, Tribal Relations, represented BNSF at the ceremony.
The photo above shows Howell, Gaiashkibos and Brewer at the Centennial Mall in Lincoln, Neb., in front of the Chief Standing Bear Statue.