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New statue in Centennial Mall honors Chief Standing Bear

New statue in Centennial Mall honors Chief Standing Bear Several speakers and performers celebrated the legacy of Chief Standing Bear during an unveiling ceremony of a sculpture of the Ponca tribe chief on Sunday, Oct. 15 on the Centennial Mall. The event, which was part of Nebraska’s sesquicentennial celebration, brought members of the community, state politicians and members of several Native American tribes together to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the unveiling. Artist Benjamin Victor created the sculpture. Victor is a professor of practice at Boise State University and is also the only living artist to have two works in...

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Imprinting the West Brings Celebrated Art to NHM

Imagine yourself as an artist exploring the western American frontier. You’ve never seen anything like it. What would you choose to show? And if you were hearing amazing tales about the West in an era before cameras, movies or smartphones, what would you seek out for yourself? Explore these questions and more in a new temporary exhibit, Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined, November 13 through January 6, 2018, at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln. Prints and engravings by Frederic Remington, John J. Audubon, and Albert Bierstadt show how some of America’s most influential artists saw the West, and...

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Tribal Justice Forum

A two-day event featuring seven Indigenous women working toward tribal justice in academic, legal, and cultural venues throughout the country, and a screening of the award-winning film from Vision Maker Media.   Native Women’s Justice Forum MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 5:30 PM MCCOLLUM HALL AUDITORIUM, ROOM 115; NEBRASKA COLLEGE OF LAW This forum features a panel discussion with an executive, historian, and judge working to promote Native women’s access to justice within and beyond tribal communities throughout the United States. Audiences will learn about past and present practices making women particularly vulnerable members of their communities, hearing from those working as advocates and...

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Chief Standing Bear returns home 140 years later

Chief Standing Bear always stood up for his homeland. In 1877, he protested the federal government’s eviction of the Ponca from their northeastern Nebraska land, and he later returned to the state after setting out on a grueling journey on foot in the winter to bury his son. The resulting landmark court case established that a Native American is a “person” under the law.  On Sunday Chief Standing Bear returned to Nebraska again. And this time, instead of fighting for his right to stay in the place he loved most, he was honored by politicians and a large crowd....

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