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Nebraska to return last Ponca remains to tribe for reburial

Nebraska to return last Ponca remains to tribe for reburial LINCOLN-The last ancestral Ponca remains held by the Nebraska State Historical Society will be reburied next week on a grassy, hilltop cemetery overlooking the tribal bison herd near Niobrara. The skeletal remains of 10 individuals and about 300 objects originally buried with the Indians date to the 1700s and 1800s. All were inadvertently discovered — most of them during road and railroad bridge construction projects in Butler, Knox and Platte Counties — since the 1960s. The transfer to the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is the latest of many instances...

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Gaming panel approves tribe’s plan for casino near Omaha

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's plan to build a casino near Omaha OMAHA — The National Indian Gaming Commission has again approved the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s plan to build a casino near Omaha, but after a decade of court hearings, the project’s future remains uncertain. The commission’s ruling this week came nearly 10 years after it first approved the proposed casino in Carter Lake, Iowa. Ponca Tribal Chairman Larry Wright Jr. celebrated the latest decision because building the casino would give the tribe significant new resources to help its members. “Now we can talk about real growth, real change...

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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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