Standing Bear’s Trial

Standing Bear’s Trial

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Late in the evening on May 2nd in 1879, in a little court room in Omaha, Nebraska, Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Nation stood to address the court.

Arrested for refusing to leave his home on the Missouri River, Standing Bear filed a writ of habeas corpus. He sued the Army commander who jailed him.

What did Standing Bear’s trial mean for Native American sovereignty and human rights?

Will is joined by Dr. Margaret Huettl, Assistant Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an expert on Native American history and the legal questions surrounding Native sovereignty and citizenship.

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