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Logan Fontenelle's History

On December 6, 1965, the Board of Education voted to name the new junior high school Logan
Fontenelle. Students who would be attending the new school submitted recommended names
and were then allowed to name their school. The board accepted the recommended name that
resulted from student elections.

Logan Fontenelle was the last chief of the Omaha nation, and was well known in the history of
this part of Nebraska. Logan Fontenelle worked for Peter Sarpy in the Bellevue Trading Post,
served as an official United States interpreter, and had been selected as a lower-level chief of the
Omahas. He went to Washington D.C., where he signed a treaty selling most of the Omaha land
to the United States and giving one square mile of land to start the community of Bellevue when
Nebraska Territory opened for settlers in 1854.

Logan's fame continues to live today. Logan Fontenelle Middle School is but one honor.
Bellevue's first bank in 1856-87 was named after him. Fontenelle Forest carries his name, one
of the Omaha's finest twentieth century hotels was The Fontenelle, and an Omaha boulevard is
named Fontenelle, as is a Nebraska village. Logan, or White Horse as the Omahas called him,
remains an important name in the history of Bellevue and Nebraska.

School Mascot: Logan Fontenelle Warriors
School Colors: Purple & White   


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