Nebraska senators will debate plan for Cather, Chief Standing Bear statues in U.S. Capitol


  The merits of Willa Cather and Chief Standing Bear — or, at least, the merits of installing sculptures of the two in the National Statuary Hall — will get the attention of the full Nebraska Legislature. The Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday advanced a measure (LB807)… [ Read More ]

The Home of Standing Bear


  Very little of the great Missouri River looks as it did when Standing Bear and his Ponca band lived beside it, right there at the confluence of the “the Big Muddy” and the Niobrara. Four huge dams brought discipline to a madcap river far too unruly. But… [ Read More ]

3/4: Standing Bear, Cather would honor state at US Capitol


  As Nebraska marked its 151st birthday earlier this week, the state wrapped up a sesquicentennial celebration that highlighted the history and people within its borders. But the representation of that illustrious history within our nation’s capitol consists of two leading political figures from Nebraska’s early days, in… [ Read More ]

Landmark and Legacy: Nebraska’s Chief Standing Bear Trail


                          Until 2015, Larry Wright Jr. had never walked the abandoned Union Pacific railway that ran alongside the Big Blue River in southeastern Nebraska, a path similar to one his ancestors traveled—against their will and on… [ Read More ]

Niobrara & Chief Standing Bear


WATCH VIDEO HERE   During a recent trip to Niobrara, we learned more about the history of Chief Standing Bear. In the 1800’s, the Ponca tribe was sent to a reservation in Oklahoma. Once there, Chief Standing Bear decided that he wanted to go back to his home… [ Read More ]