Nebraska Armenian Genocide Recognition

Nebraska legislators have recognized the Armenian Genocide on the state level. Gubernatorial proclamations as well as state and local legislation are provided below since 2004.  If you know of other documents to be added to this list – old or new – please send a note to We look forward to showcasing them.

Nebraska citizens also played an active role in assisting Armenian Genocide survivors through the Congressionally mandated Near East Foundation, during the years 1915 – 1930.  Learn more about their efforts below, through research prepared by the ANCA Western Region’s “America We Thank You” program.

And finally, review our snapshot of news coverage of the Armenian Genocide in Nebraska press, as we spotlight three articles, prepared as part of the ANCA’s “Genocide Diary” project.  Check back to the Genocide Diary’s Nebraska page for new articles added on a monthly basis.

Nebraska Gubernatorial Proclamations

APRIL 23, 2004

WHEREAS, One and one half million Christian Armenian men, women, and children were the victims of the brutal genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish Government from 1915 to 1923; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian genocide and massacres of Armenian people have been recognized as an attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization over 3,000 years old; and

WHEREAS, Recognition of the eighty-ninth anniversary of this genocide is crucial to guarding against the repetition of future genocide and educating people about the atrocities connected to these horrific events; and

WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans living in Nebraska have greatly enriched our state through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government, and the arts.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mike Johanns, Governor of the State of Nebraska, DO HEREBY  PROCLAIM  the 24th day of April,  2004, as DAY OF REMEMBRANCE OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OF 1915 – 1923 in Nebraska, and I do hereby urge all citizens to take due note of the observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, and cause the Great Seal of the State of Nebraska to be affixed this Twenty-Third day of April, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand Four.



Secretary of State


Nebraska ‘s Support for Survivors of the Armenian Genocide

Nebraska was an integral supporter of Near East Relief (NER), the American-led campaign that quickly sparked an international response with its unprecedented humanitarian endeavor, mobilizing all segments of American citizenry including elected officials, celebrities and laypersons alike, to help rescue victims of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey from 1915-1930.

Nebraska facilitated its NER efforts through its state office headquarters located at 401 Mickel Building in Omaha.

In order to raise awareness about the plight of the millions of starving refugees and the hundreds of thousands of orphans, Lincoln, Nebraska’s Sunday State Journal showed the movie “Alice in Hungerland” in front of the Journal’s building on Tuesday November 7, 1922, as a feature of the Journal’s election party.

Read the complete fact sheet prepared by America We Thank You.

The Armenian Genocide in Nebraska Press

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