Omaha Moccasins

Native American Doctor
The Story of Susan La Flesche Picotte

by Jeri Ferris

Forward by
Dennis Hastings

Blessing for a Long Time
The Sacred Pole of the Omaha Tribe

by Robin  Ridington
and Dennis Hastings

"I know of no single work that better represents the best of the Americanist tradition in anthropology.
. . . It is brilliantly done.
-- Regna Darnell
author of Edward Sapir: Linguist, Anthropologist, Humanist

Susan La Flesche Picotte, M.D.

by Benson Tong

Forward by
Dennis Hastings

Omaha Moccasins


 Dennis Hastings, MA,
Phd Pending
    Umonhon Tribal Member Dennis Hastings is a veteran grassroots organizer who has committed his life to collaborative work between Native American and non-Native cultures.  

    Active in the Alcatraz and Wounded Knee occupations of the early 1970's, Mr. Hastings later went on to earn a Bachelor's degree from the New School of California in 1984, and a Master's from the Western Institute for Social Research in 1998, a school which he co-founded.  Mr. Hastings helped to author Nebraska's repatriation law which became the model for the federal law.
    He has co-authored with Robert Ridington the story of the return of the Umonhon's Sacred Pole in Blessing For a Long Time:  The Story of the Omaha Sacred Pole (University of Nebraska Press, 1997), which later won Honorable Mention of the Victor Turner Prize in Anthropology.   
In addition Mr. Hastings has been responsible for a series of video tapes about his culture -- two of which have won national awards -- and numerous published articles. He was instrumental in reintroducing early recordings of Umonhon music into our modern time, melodies of which were later incorporated into a collaborative work with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, West Meets West in 1993, a performance which received the 1993 Governor’s Art Awards from the Nebraska Arts Council.  Hastings is the founder of the Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project, Inc. [OTHRP] which has created the vision of the New Moon Moving Interpretive Center/Museum designed by Vincent Snyder as the latest in the organization's many projects over its thirty year history.


Click on the titles below to learn more about
Dennis Hastings' work.


Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project [OTHRP] is a non-profit, charitable organization whose purpose is cross-cultural coalition building, public education and advocacy to effect positive social change between the Native and non-Native communities of Nebraska and elsewhere.

New Moon Moving
Interpretive Center/Museum

New Moon Moving Interpretive Center/Museum is designed to be a world-class exhibition, archival and educational facility situated among ancestral Reservation lands on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River.  Designed by architect Vincent Snyder, a Wahoo, NE native who became both a Nebraska University and a Princeton graduate with a distinguished career that includes extensive professional associations with the architects Michael Graves and Frank Gehry where as a senior design architect he contributed to such internationally acclaimed projects as the Vitra Headquarters in Switzerland, EuroDisneyland in France, and the EMR Communications and Technology Center in Germany.

Roots to Racism

This essay was originally written for Macy Public School [now Umonhon Nation Public School] during Dennis Hasting's term on the local school board.


                       Photograph courtesy OTHRP Archives

Two Omaha women


To contact  OTHRP, INC. directly:

RR 1 Box 79A
Walthill, NE 68067

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