Nebraska Hall of Fame: Standing Bear

Ponca Indian Chief & Symbol for Indian Rights

I have found a better way
                 - Standing Bear
An Indian is a person within the meaning of the law
                                               - Judge Elmer Dundy​

Standing Bear (1829 - 1908) is believed to have been born near the Niobrara on Ponca Land.

After fighting the U.S. Government's relocation order of the Ponca Tribe, the chief traveled the eastern states between 1879 and 1883 speaking about Indian rights. 

Standing Bear was inducted into the hall of Fame in 1977-78.

 

Other Resources:

Standing Bear - manuscript finding aid 

History of Standing Bear 

Historical Marker: The Ponca Tribe

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