Our Community

The Nebraska Panhandle

includes the counties of Dawes located in Chadron, Sheridan located in Gordon, Scotts Bluff, located in Scottsbluff and Box Butte, located in Alliance, Nebraska. 

The location of offices is in the largest towns based in those counties: see the counties marked within the map here to the left. The Panhandle is rural, with less opportunity available for young adults with various professional trades. The 2014 Nebraska Panhandle CHNA indicates wages remain lower than state and national averages, median age continues to rise as the baby boomers age, and birth rate stabilizes and out migration of youth continues.  

Beneficiaries

According to the American Community Survey, (ACS) covering years 2008 through 2012, there are 2,765 Native Americans in the counties focused herein, of those who identified their Tribal affiliation for the survey, 975 were of the “Sioux Tribal Grouping”; 174 were of the “Chippewa Tribal Grouping”; and 53 were of the “Navajo Tribal Grouping.” The remaining Native Americans represent various tribes at numbers smaller than four (4) per Tribal affiliation. While 45% of the community is comprised of a wide variety of tribal affiliations, 55% of the community is of Sioux descent. The Native American population in Nebraska is enrolled or affiliated with a Tribe but are not physically living on a tribal reservation. 

Economic

It was eminent in the 2014 Nebraska Panhandle, Community Health Needs Assessment that the Hispanic and American Indian population in the Panhandle have much lower median incomes and levels of educational attainment than the majority of the white and non-Hispanic population. The report states the largest racial/ethnic minority groups are Hispanics and Native Americans and mentioned the community is “friendly and welcoming”. However, prejudice against people of other ethnicity/race does exist in the Panhandle. One group stated, “race shouldn’t matter but it does here.” Another group commented that there is “shunning of Native Americans and African Americans” happening in the community. Bullying is also an issue in schools, especially. A group member said that “school systems do not discourage bullying, thus families choose to return to the reservation.” (2014 Nebraska Panhandle, Community Health Needs Assessment). The lack of transportation to access health care and social service programs are listed among the barriers for Native American children, as well as, the lack of transportation to get to school.