New health center for Native Americans has grand opening in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A new health center in Lincoln held its grand opening Monday.

It will provide centralized care for people of the Ponca Tribe and other Indigenous people in the area.

Ponca Health Services-Lincoln will have a behavioral clinic, a health care clinic, a dental clinic and social workers all in one facility.  There will also be a gathering and meeting place for people and a recreation area.

Gov. Pete Ricketts and Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird both issued proclamations marking the occasion.

The center has always been a goal for members of the Ponca Tribal Council, Treasurer James LaPointe said.

“All Indigenous people are in sore need of better health care, and the clinic that is providing them by some of their own people,” he said.

The center, north of 16th Street and Old Cheney Road, will focus on holistic healing approaches and methods respectful to Native American culture.

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