ILAC bridges cultural and health barriers

Creighton University’s Institute for Latin American Concern facilitates service-learning immersions in the Dominican Republic that forge deep bonds between participants and inhabitants of that poor island nation. Cuban exile Jesuit priests Ernesto Travieso (then-medical...
Posted On 19 Dec 2017

Omaha Catholics celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe

With a new anniversary of the manifestation of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe on the horizon, Omaha Catholics join the rest of the world in worshiping and paying tribute to the guadalupana by paying a special visit to the many churches that showcase her image. “The Virgin has...
Posted On 19 Dec 2017

Health and healing Through Culture and Community Part 2

In Omaha, NUIHC offers mental illness counseling and drug-alcohol addiction treatment. The brick building houses 10-in-patient beds. The campus includes five transitional living units across the street owned by the Winnebago tribe and leased back to NUIHC. “When people...
Posted On 19 Dec 2017

El Perico Latino Leaders Column

Ms. Yuriko Doku, M.S. Project Coordinator, UNO’s Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS)   My name is Yuriko Doku. I am originally from Barranquilla, Colombia. I am also third generation (“sansei”) of Japanese descent. I have been living in Omaha for about 14 years....
Posted On 19 Dec 2017

Health and healing Through Culture and Community Part 1

Donna Polk and Nicole Tamayo decry developer-led gentrification driving their Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition out of downtown Omaha. Headquartered at 2240 Landon Court on 24th Street, between Farnam and Leavenworth, the nonprofit feels the squeeze enough from encroaching...
Posted On 19 Dec 2017

From couch potato to champion pugilist

No one expected nationally ranked amateur fighter Juan Vazquez, 17, to be the poster boy for how boxing can transform your life. Four years ago, the now Ralston High senior was an obese couch potato who preferred video games over physical activity. Even after his mother...
Posted On 19 Dec 2017

The Wounds of WhiteClay Part 3

“We have to start the healing process,” Brewer said said. “We don’t have the resources to help our people. Our children go to school every day. Many of them are abused mentally, physically, sexually abused. And they get to school and we have no resources to really help them.”...
Posted On 19 Dec 2017

Miss Nebraska Latino – A new beauty pageant for the city Part 2

Ramirez then added: “We hope that with our work the community realizes that at Miss Nebraska Latina we seek to empower young women as we shape leaders, since the pageant is a way for them to be heard in the name of the immigrant community in Nebraska.” However, we can’t deny that...
Posted On 19 Dec 2017

The Mexican Dance Academy of Nebraska shines during the State of Nebraska’s anniversary

The best way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the State of Nebraska is to dance. The Orpheum Theater knows this, which is why it opened its doors for the event organized by Omaha Performing Arts in which 14 dance companies came together to put on a show in which each...
Posted On 19 Dec 2017

The Wounds of Whiteclay: Part 2 – The Tap Runs Dry

The decision was a dream come true for Sen. Tom Brewer, the first Native state senator in Nebraska history whose district encompasses Whiteclay. After the vote, the Oglala Lakota U.S. Army war veteran-turned-politician gave a jubilant fist pump and broke into a wide smile. “To...
Posted On 19 Dec 2017