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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Long time Lincoln Attorney received the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Diversity Award

Longtime Lincoln Attorney Charlie Wright received the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Diversity Award on October 12. He was honored for awarding Chief Standing Bear scholarships to Native students to attend the University of Nebraska College of Law. Pictured from left to right are NCIA Executive Director Judi gaiashkibos, past scholarship recipients Jennifer Bear Eagle, Kate Quinn Martz, Andrea Miller and award recipient Charlie Wright. For more information about the scholarship go...

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Chief Standing Bear Comes To Lincoln

Date:  October 10, 2017 For More Information Contact: Judi gaiashkibos, Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, 402-471-3475 Christie Dionsipoulous, Lincoln Parks Foundation, 402-441-8258 Chief Standing Bear Sculpture to be Unveiled at Dedication Ceremony Renowned sculptor Ben Victor’s epic 10-foot bronze sculpture honoring Native civil rights icon Ponca Chief Standing Bear will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony on Lincoln, Nebraska’s Centennial Mall on Sunday, October 15.  The piece, which has been designated as a Nebraska 150 Legacy project, will serve as a nationally significant sculpture honoring the struggle for Native American civil rights in America. The dedication ceremony will begin...

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2017 Hubbard Lecture: Lance Morgan- “TRIBAL ECONOMICS: A DARK PAST AND PROMISING FUTURE”

During much of the 20th-century economic opportunities on Native reservations were scarce. Through increased advocacy, business development, and job creation Native communities are changing the story. Lance Morgan CEO and President of Ho-Chunk Inc. and a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will share how new economic initiatives are dramatically improving the future for Nebraska...

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Pauley Lecture for 2017 is titled “The Other Slavery”

The Pauley Lecture for 2017 is titled “The Other Slavery” and will be presented by Dr. Andrés Reséndez. The Other Slavery examines the system of bondage that targeted Native Americans, a system that was every bit as terrible, degrading, and vast as African slavery. Anywhere between 2.5 and 5 million Native Americans may have been enslaved throughout the hemisphere in the centuries between the arrival of Columbus and the beginning of the 20th century. And, interestingly, in contrast to African slavery which targeted mostly adult males, the majority of these Indian slaves were women and children. Dr. Reséndez grew up in Mexico City where he received his BA in International Relations, briefly went into politics, and served as a consultant for historical soap operas (telenovelas). He got his PhD in History at the University of Chicago and has taught at Yale, the University of Helsinki, and at the University of California, Davis where he is currently a history professor and departmental vice chair. He lives with his family in Davis, California. He is the author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize. His other books include A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca (Basic Books, 2007), and Changing National Identities at the Frontier: Texas and New...

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