Wade Miller Stadium officially opens Friday for the first home game. The follow is a profile on the individual for which the stadium is named.
Wade Miller, (July 17, 1921-July 20, 1987) an Umóⁿhoⁿ and Oklahoma Seneca Indian was born on the Umóⁿhoⁿ (Omaha) Reservation in Macy, Nebraska and member of the Thunder Clan.
Wade received his elementary and two years of secondary education at the Macy Day School, which at the time was operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a public school. He attended the Sisseton High School at Sisseton, SD for a year and graduated from Flandreau Indian Vocational High School, he became an employee at the school.
Wade had considerable artistic and athletic ability. He excelled in basketball and in boxing in spite of a physical handicap. He had only one lung due to tuberculosis as a youth. Never-the-less, he represented his Alma Mater, Flandreau, as a heavy weight boxer in Golden Gloves competition, reaching the national finals in Chicago during World War II.
He taught art classes in Macy, Nebraska Public School system for grades Kindergarten through the twelfth grade since January 1972-July 1987. He also taught art classes from 1976 to 1978 at American Indian Satellite Community College located in Winnebago and Macy, Nebraska. Earlier in 1979 he taught an eight week course in drawing at the Nebraska Center for Children and Youth in Lincoln, Nebraska. He had considerable art displays in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Smithsonian in DC, South Dakota, and numerous private owners.
Wade was a member of the Nebraska Art Teachers Association in Lincoln, Nebraska and the National Art Teachers Association in Washington DC. Tribal Chairman for Omaha Tribe of Nebraska (1983).
Upon his death, the surviving children donated 12 of Wade Millers black scratch board paintings to the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln Nebraska. Recently, August 2018, the family of the late Susan Freemont donated an oil painting to the Umóⁿhoⁿ Language & Cultural Center ‘ULCC’ at Umóⁿhoⁿ Nation Public School ‘UNPS’. Susan Freemont spent many years teaching the Umóⁿhoⁿ language and culture to the children of UNPS and she is the niece of Wade Miller. She was committed to our people and loved her culture. Vida Woodhull Stabler, Director of the ULCC, accepted the remarkable gift from the family in behalf of the Umóⁿhoⁿ Language & Cultural Center. (VWS, August 16, 2018)