How did the Republican River get its name? Two Pawnee historians explain the basin's Indigenous rootsHow did the Republican River get its name? According to History Nebraska, Nebraska’s Democratic Gov. Frank Morrison would jokingly ask Republican friends if the river got its name “because it’s so shallow or so crooked?” But the name has nothing to do with the modern political party or its predecessors. It’s a reference to a European settler nickname for a band of the Pawnee Nation.
A recent report from a non-profit group aimed at erasing misconceptions about Native Americans says Indigenous people still face discrimination and...