Road Signs Commemorate Historic Villages of Pawnee, Nebraska | Story
PAUL HAMMEL Omaha World-Herald
Decades ago, Pawnee Indian scouts patrolled the Plains, guarding against belligerents seeking to invade the Pawnee villages along the Platte and Loup rivers.
Earlier this month, part of Nebraska 22, between Genoa and Fullerton, was designated to commemorate the work of Native American warriors.
Two signs were unveiled on June 12, marking the roadway as the “Pawnee Scouts Memorial Highway”.
The signs commemorate the scouts who protected the Pawnee villages located in this region and then worked as scouts for the Union Pacific Railroad and US Army teams.
The designation was promoted by the Genoa US Indian School Foundation and supported by the Pawnee Nation, the City of Genoa, and the Nance County Council. The Nebraska Highway Commission unanimously approved the designation in December.
“It is truly a part of our history which should not be forgotten but which should not be forgotten,” State Highway Commissioner James Kindig said at the opening in Genoa. “What better location than this beautiful valley where the site of the Pawnee Reservation Village was located from 1857 to 1875.”
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Several Pawnee were located in the Genoa area dating back to the 1600s. Nance County had served as Nebraska’s Pawnee reserve. The Genoa US Indian School Foundation operates a museum on the site of the Genoa boarding school which operated from 1884 to 1934.