Standing Bear’s Footsteps

The January “Sunday Afternoon at the Museum” program at the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site features a screening of Standing Bear’s Footsteps, a historical documentary that traces Chief Standing Bear’s journey from his Nebraska homeland to the malaria-infested plains of Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma and finally to a trial that made front page news across America. The film weaves together interviews, recreations, and present-day scenes to tell a story about human rights and what it means to be an American. The film will be followed by a presentation with the associate producer Princella Parker. Join us Sunday, January 11 at 2:00 p.m. to learn more about Standing Bear, the Ponca tribe, the unique status of Tribes and Indian citizens, and the many and varied ways Indian people have–and continue to–contribute to Nebraska and American history. There will be a reception following the presentation. This filming coincides with efforts to pass legislation that would create a Federally-designated Chief Standing Bear Trail. The trail would retrace the steps of Chief Standing Bear and the Ponca people during their forced removal.

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