Ponca museum reflects tribe’s efforts to maintain homeland, identity


By Todd von Kampen / World-Herald Correspondent Like the town in which it sits, the Ponca Tribal Museum and Library reflects human determination to survive where the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers meet. Founded in 1997, the museum moved in 2011 into a community building…  [ Read More at Omaha.com… [ Read More ]

Standing Bear Trial To Standing Bear Trail


by Jackie Sojico, NET Radio Listen to the full story on netnebraska.com Before 1879, Native Americans weren’t recognized as people under United States Federal law. That all changed because of a trial in Omaha, and because of a member of the Ponca tribe named Standing Bear. Today there… [ Read More ]

Fortenberry Legislation to Study Chief Standing Bear Trail Passes House


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives passed his legislation directing the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail (H.R. 984). Fortenberry spoke before the House of Representatives… [ Read More ]

Class Takes Walk in Standing Bear’s Footsteps


March 26, 2015 7:00 pm  •  By KEVIN ABOUREZK | LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR Visiting Standing Bear Trail NEAR WYMORE — The days must have been hotter, longer than anyone on this pleasant spring morning could begin to imagine. Ryan Christensen knows he could never fully understand what the Poncas experienced on… [ Read More ]

Students follow tragic path taken century ago by Ponca, who were marched out of Nebraska to Oklahoma


By Joe Duggan / World-Herald staff writer BARNESTON, Neb. — The students stepped along a forgotten rail bed in southeast Nebraska and tried to imagine 500 people on a journey of sadness more than a century ago. They came to this strip of soil and granite along the… [ Read More ]