From a friend - Nebraska
Nebraska is a state located on the Great Plains of the Midwestern United States. The state's capital is Lincoln and its largest city is Omaha. Once considered part of the Great American Desert (actually a very agriculturally productive prairie land), Nebraska is now a leading farming and ranching state.
Nebraska gets its name from the archaic Otoe words Ñí Brásge, pronounced, or the Omaha Ní Btháska, pronounced, meaning "flat water", after the Platte River that flows through the state. As of 2009, Nebraska has an estimated population of 1,796,619. (source)