Omaha Tribe demands compensation from university

In a move that should alarm many educational facilities, the Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project, a multicultural research group for the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa, is demanding that the University of Nebraska Foundation set aside 10% of its One Billion Dollar Endowment Campaign, becuse it claims the the university has not compensated the Tribe for its for-profit use in research materials of tribal material and intellectual and cultural property.

Dennis Hastings, Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project’s founder, sent a letter to the University of Nebraska Foundation head, saying that the university has commercialized the ancestral and contemporary culture of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa through the school’s publications, research and academic activities for the university’s growth and academic gain.

Scores of academic initiatives, programs, private, state and federal grants, research articles and books have been generated about the Omaha, all with little tribal consultation or recompense, Hastings said.

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