Pawnee scouts being recognized for protecting pioneers
September 28, 2023
KEARNEY – Americans have recognized military veterans in vastly different ways over the past 247 years. They've thrown parades for some and scorned others.
But the Pawnee scouts, who protected pioneers, freighters and railroad workers in Nebraska during the mid-19th century's great migration west, were largely forgotten outside the Pawnee Nation in Oklahoma.
"Those scouts were the very first in our tribe to serve in the military, so we hold our veterans on a high pedestal, almost like chiefs," said Pat Leading Fox, head chief of the Pawnee Nation Chiefs Council. "We hold them up in high e...