The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 09, 1996, Page 6, Image 6

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    Director will fight for Indians’ future
Tanna Kinnaman/DN
Judi M. Morgan, right, attends a reception honoring her
appointment as executive director of the Nebraska
Commission of Indian Affairs. Morgan was joined by her
daughters Katie, left, and Jacque Morgan.
By Joy Ludwig
Staff Reporter
The sound of beating drums, sing
ing and dancing filled the governor’s
mansion at a reception for the new
executive director of the Nebraska
Commission on Indian Affairs on
Thursday night.
Judi M. Morgan received a warm
welcome from a small crowd of tribal
representatives, Gov. Ben Nelson and
others, as she accepted the position.
Morgan, an enrolled member of the
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, said during
the reception she was honored to have
been chosen as the executive director.
But, she said, “I cannot help but
feel saddened by the many missing
faces of my ancestors who fought the
battle to face the enemy. That enemy
was discrimination.”
She said she would continue to fight
discrimination and face the challenges
of the Nebraska Indian tribes — in
cluding education, housing, employ
ment and economics.
“We want to be part of
the active journey to
make the future better
for future generations. ”
executive director of Nebraska
Commission of Indian Affairs
“But the challenges and needs fac
ing each of the tribes are as unique and
individual as the tribes themselves are,”
Morgan said.
Morgan said she had hoped to help
the commission overcome problems
of racism, discrimination and igno
rance. She said she also wanted to
achieve Indian rights and promote a
path of understanding between Indi
ans and America.
To achieve these rights, Morgan
said she would be working with the
government, especially Nelson’s ad
ministration, so her children and other
Indians could have a better future.
“We want to be part of the active
journey to make the future better for
future generations,” she said.
At the end of her speech, she dis
tributed brightly-colored robes to sev
eral tribal leaders and the governor.
Those robes represent a gift of
thanks, she said. But they were also
symbols of commitment, friendship
and faith in mankind that embodied
the soul wherever they went.
After Morgan’s speech, Nelson con
gratulated her and said working with
her would be a great opportunity.
Entertainment was performed by
the Mazekute drum group and the
Wambli Sha Wo Waci dance group,
who performed two Indian dances.
After the dances, Morgan spoke to
the crowd about cooperatively work
ing together.
If that can be achieved, she said,
much could be accomplished.
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bingeing and finding places to throw
up became easier.
“My roommate and I would go
and binge together and then throw
up,” she said.
Fishel found help at the Univer
sity Health Center. Counseling and
Psychological Services offers
counseling to people who know or
think they have an eating disorder.
This week CPS sponsored the
National Eating Disorders Screening
Program, in conjunction with
National Eating Disorder Week.
The screening targeted people
who thought they might have an
eating disorder or those wanting
more information on eating disor
During the two days the screen
ing was held, 13 people partici
pated, said Dr. Susan Bukacek, a
counseling psychologist in Counsel
ing and Psychological Services. The
university plans to sponsor the
program next year.
Fishel said the treatment she
received at the Health Center was
successful. It helped her deal with
the problems she was facing.
“I still have a tendency for
anxiety,” she said, “I still obsess
about things. But I’ve learned to
listen to myself and my own needs.”
Now Fishel is involved with the
eating disorders support group
offered by the UNL Women’s
Center. Kris Stenberg, facilitator for
the group, said the group was for
women who know or think they
have an eating disorder.
‘ The support group is a non
threatening place for women to go,”
Stenberg said. “It can be a place to
start. The support group can be a
place to talk or a place to just
Fishel said she was grateful for
the group.
“I still try not to look in the
mirror,” Fishel said. “There is no set
number for how much anyone
should weigh. Whose idea is it what
an ideal image is?
“It’s important to know people
are out there. Self-awareness is
really important.”
miui campaign spenuing to S2,u00,
Firestone said. He said he didn’t want
to portray an image of trying to buy
Firestone acknowledged that it
probably would take considerably less
money than that to run an effective
campaign but said that was an issue the
party would resolve if he was elected.
“The OFFICE party is no frills, no
gimmicks,” he said. “I encourage you
(students) to not be sucked in by the
short-term friendship the opposition
will offer you.”
Gregorius said he wanted students
to think about what student govern
ment had done for them, and what it
could do for them if the OFFICE party
wins the March 6 election.
“The same political machine has
been running this for the past few
years,” Gregorius said. “We’re here to
get rid of the machine.”