Retracing steps of great Ponca Chief Standing Bear

09.02.14

Mike Johanns Nebraska View An imprisoned Native American chief, an unlikely cadre of Nebraskans and a harrowing journey led to one of America’s earliest civil rights victories 135 years ago. In an Omaha courtroom, Ponca Chief Standing Bear argued that Native Americans are people and should have equal… [ Read More ]

Standing Bear honor on right path

08.06.14

Members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation are on the right path in pushing legislation to honor Ponca Chief Standing Bear and explore the possibility of a historic trail that would help tell his story. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., described the chief’s contribution to civil rights as “one of the… [ Read More ]

Fortenberry to Seek Federal Designation for Standing Bear Trail

06.25.14

A 500-mile forced march from northeast Nebraska to Oklahoma by Ponca tribal members more than 125 years ago could soon be etched into the national consciousness. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry plans to introduce a resolution that would designate the trail Chief Standing Bear and his people took on their… [ Read More ]