Standing Bear Is A Person

Standing Bear Is A Person

The True Story of A Native American's Quest for Justice

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Presents the case of Standing Bear, who watched his son die on a reservation after his people were forced out of their homes in Nebraska, and took the federal government to court demanding the Poncas be allowed to return.

Perseus Publishing
In 1877, Standing Bear and his Indian people, the Ponca, were forcibly removed from their land in northern Nebraska. In defiance, Standing Bear sued in U.S. District Court for the right to return home. In a landmark case, the judge, for the first time in U.S. history, recognized Native American rights-acknowledging that "Standing Bear is a person"-and ruled in favor of Standing Bear.Standing Bear Is a Person is the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of that landmark 1879 court case, and the subsequent reverberations of the judge's ruling across nineteenth-century America. It is also a story filled with memorable characters typical of the Old West-the crusty and wise Indian chief, Standing Bear, the Army Indian-fighting general who became a strong Indian supporter, the crusading newspaper editor who championed Standing Bear's cause, and the "most beautiful Indian maiden of her time," Bright Eyes, who became Standing Bear's national spokesperson. At a time when America was obsessed with winning the West, no matter what, this is an intensely human story and a small victory for compassion. It is also the chronicle of an American tragedy: Standing Bear won his case, but the court's decision that should have changed everything, in the end, changed very little for America's Indians.

The compelling story of the most important Indian rights case in U.S. history and the fascinating characters who played a part in this dramatic saga in the Old West

Book News
In 1879, Standing Bear, clan chief of the small Native American tribe the Poncas filed suit against the US government to reverse the removal of his people their native land in northeastern Nebraska to Oklahoma. Australian-born historian Dando-Collins tells the story with its elements of adventure, romance, human rights, and peculiar characters. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780306813702
Characteristics: x, 259 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm

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