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A Historical Overview

25 years ago the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska had a vision of Restoration. What follows is the narrative of the people that came together to make that vision a reality, and the milestones that helped shape the rich Ponca culture that we know today. Join us as together we explore this visual timeline of people, places and events.

The trial of Chief Standing Bear was on April 30, 1879. Chief Standing Bear sued the U.S. Army and the U.S. Government on the basic of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Chief Standing Bear was represented by A.J. Poppleton and John Webster of Omaha, NE. Thomas Tibbles worked for the Omaha Herald who helped to publicize the plight of the Nebraska Ponca Indians. Judge Elmer S. Dundy of the U.S. District Court was the residing judge during the trial. The U.S. Government was represented by G.M. Lambertson. Judge Elmer Dundy ruled in favor of Chief Standing Bear on May 12, 1879. Indians were now considered “persons within the meaning of the law” according to this decision and were now considered American citizens.
Lewis and Clark met with the Poncas in 1804 on their journey through America. This sign is located on the Ponca Tribal grounds new Niobrara, Nebraska

I went up This river Three miles To a butifull Plain on The upper Side where The Poncas once had a large Village.

Wil Clark
  • Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

    Although the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska does not have a reservation, the Ponca Restoration Act established our fifteen-county Service Delivery Area across Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. We offer a broad range of health, social, educational and cultural services through five office sites.

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    Ponca Tribe - Circa 1906