Standing Bear’s Footsteps

Standing Bear’s Footsteps


In 1877, the Ponca people were exiled from their Nebraska homeland to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. To honor his dying son’s last wish to be buried in his homeland, Chief Standing Bear set off on a grueling, six-hundred-mile journey home. Captured en-route, Standing Bear sued a famous U.S. army general for his freedom–choosing to fight injustice not with weapons, but with words. The Chief stood before the court to prove that an Indian was a person under the law. The story quickly made newspaper headlines–attracting powerful allies, as well as enemies.

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Educational Resources: Viewer Discussion Guide; PBS Learning Media; Educational Website 
Program Length:
57 minutes
Production Staff: Prodcucer/Director: Christine Lesiak; Associate Producer: Princella Parker (Omaha); Principle Consultant: Judi gaiashkibos (Ponca)
Production Company: Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
Format: DVD
Public Broadcast Release: November 2011



Walt Pourier

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Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.