Ponca Tribe to open new health center in Lincoln

A crucial piece of the Native health puzzle falls into place in Lincoln.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s brand new Lincoln Health Center couldn’t come at a better time.

“I think the pandemic really highlighted the disparities that we have as Native people, and especially our tribal citizens”, says Tribal Chairman Larry Wright, Jr., “and it really exacerbated our health care system.”

Clearly this new facility is coming online at an important moment, but the moment is key in more ways than one.

“We’re having this open house on October 30th, but October 31st is the anniversary of the tribe being federally restored, and recognized by the federal government”, explains Wright.

That date is why no media is allowed inside to give any sort of preview of the new structure. It’s for the Ponca people to experience first.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity”, says Wright, “what it means, not only for our people, but for the Native community as a whole for Lincoln.”

This also means more room for that growing community. Compared to the current Ponca building, this new area doubles their space right off the bat, and when everything is complete, it could be almost three times as much room. With this new facility keeping Native culture as a top priority, it’s the kind of growth a lot of people have been waiting for.

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