Statue of Chief Standing Bear donated by State of Nebraska to National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, D.C.

Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca people played the key role in United States ex rel. Standing Bear v. Crook, the 1879 legal case that established that Native Americans were “persons” under the law. In his Ponca language, he was known as Maⁿchú-Naⁿzhíⁿ or Macunajin. Standing Bear’s role in the landmark case stemmed from his … Read more

In Turners Falls, Pocumtuck Homelands Festival connects younger generations with ancient traditions, ethics

By RACHEL RAPKIN Recorder Staff, Saturday, August 1, 2015 (Published in print: Monday, August 3, 2015) TURNERS FALLS — The thump of handmade drums, the whistle of a wooden flute and the chants of Native American singers could be heard throughout the second annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival at Unity Park Saturday. Dressed in traditional indigenous attire … Read more