Rodney Morris, Omaha Tribal Chairman

Rodney Morris, Omaha Tribal Chairman

Dear Visitor:

 

I would like to take this opportunity to say “Aho” and hello. On behalf of the Omaha Tribe, we welcome you to the Omaha Indian Reservation. Our home is rich in history as well as opportunities to explore and connect with the land.

 

If you have a day to tour the Reservation, I encourage you to visit the Blackbird Hill scenic overlook north of Decatur, Big Elk Park east of Macy, and the Susan LaFlesche Picotte house in Walthill.

 

If you enjoy the outdoors, there is an abundance of trails around Big Elk Park available for use by hikers, horses, mountain bikes, and ATV’s.  During hunting season, the Reservation offers cabins popular with deer and turkey hunters.  Tribal permits should be obtained from the Tribe’s Wildlife & Parks Department.

 

In August, the Tribe hosts its annual Harvest Celebration or Pow-Wow in Macy.  The Pow-Wow, the oldest of its kind, is open to the public and you are welcome to attend and enjoy some of the finest dancers and performers in Native America.  A number of tribal members sell arts and crafts as well.  The Pow-Wow lasts several days and is a wonderful example of the Omaha Tribe’s heritage and culture.

 

If you enjoy trying your luck, there are multiple casinos on the Reservation.  Blackbird Bend Casino, formerly called Casino Omaha, is on the east side of the Missouri River near Decatur, Iowa.  It offers some of the newest slot machines in Iowa.  Lucky 77 Casino is a more intimate establishment in Walthill, offering over 60 different machines for your entertainment.  Bring your friends and have fun!

 

The Omaha Tribe is a federally recognized Indian tribe with its own powers of self-government.  The Reservation was established by a treaty between the Tribe and the federal government.  The Tribe has its own constitution and laws, and some of these laws apply to non-tribal members too.  If you want to learn more about the Tribe’s laws, more information is available on this site.  If you plan to do business on the Reservation, you should consult these laws to make sure you comply with all applicable tribal laws.

 

Again, welcome, and we hope you enjoy your visit.

 

Sincerely,

Rodney Morris
Omaha Tribal Chairman