July 27, 2015 7:00 am •
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, which had its land taken away in the late 1800s, is getting a trace back: a 19.5-mile trail segment in Southeast Nebraska.
On Sunday, the tribe signed an agreement with the Nebraska Trails Foundation and the Homestead Conservation and Trail Association to assume ownership of the trail segment, which stretches from just south of Beatrice to the Nebraska-Kansas border.
The foundation is donating the trail segment — about 230 acres of land — to the tribe. The Homestead Conservation and Trail Association, which supports a network of trails in Gage County, will maintain the trail segment with $150,000 from the foundation.