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#7 First Tribal Council

July 31–August 3, 2004
Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun, and Omaha, Nebraska

Hosted by Fort Atkinson State Park, Fort Calhoun and Omaha, Nebraska, this event was held in July and August 2004 to observe the 200th anniversary of Lewis & Clark’s first diplomatic meeting with western Indians, the Otoe and Missouria.

A large delegation of Otoe-Missouria elders made a poignant return to their ancestral homeland.

Tribal programming includes:

First Tribal Council: Nightly dramatization of the 1804 first meeting between the Corps of Discovery and the Otoe and Missouria Tribes.

Lewis & Clark Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: Composed by Philip Glass, featuring flute solo by R. Carlos Nakai (Navajo-Ute) and traditional songs of the Otoe-Missouria.

Tribal Partners and Participants: Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma, Omaha Tribe, Lakota Heritage Society, Native scholars, musicians, dancers, storytellers and artists.

Panel Discussions: Otoe-Missouria history, dress, military involvement, education and youth issues.
Free Speaker Series: Gerard Baker (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara), Matt Sitting Bear Jones (Iowa Otoe-Missouria Tribe).

Otoe-Missouria Elders: A large delegation of Otoe-Missouria elders make a poignant return to their historic homeland.

Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years to the Future.