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Standing Bear Is a Person

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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.

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Hardback Editions

November 2004 : USA Hardback

Title: Standing Bear Is A Person: The True Story Of A Native American's Quest For Justice
Author(s): Stephen Dando-Collins
ISBN: 0-306-81370-X / 978-0-306-81370-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Da Capo Press
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Kindle Editions

April 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Standing Bear Is a Person: The True Story of a Native American's Quest for Justice
Author(s): Stephen Dando-Collins
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA