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P Street proponent
joins mayor’s race
By Eric Rineer
A fifth candidate announced
Thursday his decision to run for
Jim Wrenholt, a P Street busi
ness owner and one of the key forces
in turning the street back to one-way
travel, is the latest candidate to enter
the mayoral election in May.
Wrenholt is joined in the race by
Randall Reichert, a University of
Nebraska law student; Terry
Kubick, a self-employed farmer and
attorney; former state Sen. Don
Wesely; and City Councilwoman
Wrenholt, who owns Nordic
Software, located at 301 P St., said
he decided to run “to give people a
better say-so in the government.”
“People need someone to stand
up for their concerns,” he said.
Wrenholt said he felt there were
some major issues he would deal
with if elected mayor.
One of those issues, he said, is
the $200 million Antelope Valley
project which calls for Antelope
Creek flood protection and down
“They’re trying to make the
(Antelope) decision without letting
people approve it or deny it,” he
Wrenholt said he was concerned
about a few people trying to make
decisions for everyone.
The recent privatization of
Bryan Memorial and Lincoln
General hospitals, he said, is a prime
example. The two are now known as
BryanLGH Medical Centers East
“I can make sure we don’t lose
of life is
We need to
our electrical system, too,” he said.
“I want to make sure they don’t pri
vatize it like they did the hospitals.”
Wrenholt said he was also con
cerned with a proposal to build two
new schools in Lincoln, which
could cost about $100 million.
One solution to creating more
citizen involvement in some laiger
issue decisions, he said, was to send
out direct mail in questionnaire
form to registered voters on a regu
“It’s not up to the developers to
decide big issues for us,” he said.
“Our quality of life is important. We
need to preserve that.”
Jon Camp, a managing partner
of Haymarket Square developers,
and a proponent of making P Street
a one- way, said he felt Wrenholt’s
efforts in the P Street drive made
him a strong candidate for mayor.
“It certainly gained him a degree
of recognition within the communi
ty,” said Camp, who recently decid
ed to run for the City Council.
“The fact that he led that drive
and garnered four or five thousand
signatures shows that he’s a con
More American Indian remains
found in anthropology classroom
BONES from page 1
“I was just plain not prepared for
what happened Friday,” Thomas said.
Thomas said the bones were dis
covered under a podium in the class
Thomas said most of those pre
sent were surprised, including Bleed,
who told Thomas the bones could
have been part of a teaching collec
“When I opened (the bags) I said,
‘We have a problem,’” Thomas said.
He said he knew the bones were not
part of a teaching collection.
Hitchcock confirmed that the
bones, of which at least one was
marked to have been found in Cedar
County, are American Indian.
Hitchcock said he suspected the
bones were prehistoric.
Teeth also were discovered in the
room, one of which could possibly be
American Indian, Hitchcock said.
He said only American Indian
remains were ordered out of Room
109 last April. However, he said,
those that moved the remains may not
have been able to tell whether the
remains were American Indian.
He said few in the country can
make that distinction, so those mov
ing remains to the state museum
facility could have missed some.
As a result of Friday’s find, talk
has increased surrounding who has
had access to the room since April.
Arts and Sciences Dean Brian
Foster said he assigned Room 109 to
Reinhard during last semester.
Reinhard started teaching in the room
v Beyond that, Foster said, he didn’t
know who had access to the room. He
said the room was under the control
of the anthropology department.
When I opened
(We have a problem!”
Grassroots NAGPRA representative
Hitchcock said Reinhard had one
of the two keys to Room 109 from
April, when the room was first
cleared, until Friday. Hitchcock said
he had the other key, but it didn’t
The room is now sealed, and
Foster said his office has the room’s
two keys. After Room 109 is blessed
by spiritual leaders, it will be turned
over for use by the geosciences
department, Hitchcock said.
Some Nebraska excavation sites’
1937 log books also were found in
Room 109. The books had been miss
ing since at least 1990, Hitchcock
said. The books detailed remains and
artifacts found at particular sites.
The remains are now in the hands
of University Police, and will shortly
be moved to the state museum facili
ty to be stored with other human
remains and artifacts, Hitchcock
Because of the Native American
Graves Protection and Repatriation
Act of 1990, the university will pre
pare the remains to be repatriated to
their respective tribes.
In September, UNL Chancellor
James Moeser made a move to repa
triate nearly 1,700 American Indian
remains. The agreement came almost
a year after the university discovered
remains in Room 109 in October
The remains were supposed to
have been inventoried under NAG
PRA by 1995, and were not to have
been stored or studied without tribal
permission, according to the federal
Ralph Thomas, a Grassroots
NAGPRA representative, said his
group was calling for Reinhard’s
ouster in light of the recent discover
“At some point in time, this uni
versity is going to have to accept the
responsibility and quit this white
gloved treatment of Karl Reinhard.”
Last fall, a Nebraska State Patrol
investigation found that the universi
ty did not violate state law in its han
dling of remains. A university-hired
attorney has not finished his investi
gation into whether the university
violated state or university law.
Randy Thomas said he was ppset
because tribes were told by university
officials that only plastic molds used
for teaching were in Room 109.
“They’ve lied to us from day one
- which we knew. It just adds fuel to
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