World-Herald editorial: A needed tribute to Standing Bear


Two developments are noteworthy in the effort to focus deserved attention on one of the nation’s civil rights heroes.

The U.S. House has passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., to study designating a federal historic trail in the footsteps of Chief Standing Bear. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., backs the legislation in the Senate.

In addition, leaders of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska have just signed an agreement accepting 19½ miles of a former railroad right of way between Beatrice and the Kansas border that traces part of the path walked by the Ponca in 1877. It will be operated as a segment of the Homestead Trail, and tribal chairman Larry Wright Jr. said, “This is just a really special opportunity for the public in general to share in our history. Ultimately, it’s all of our history.”

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