- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska officials are looking to erect a statue of a famous Native American chief on Lincoln’s Centennial Mall.

The sculpture of Ponca chief Standing Bear would stand 9 feet tall near the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications. The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/2gHT2x5 ) that a private donor has agreed to foot the bill.

The proposal is still in its infancy but drew nods of approval Thursday from Nebraska Capitol Environs Commission members.

Standing Bear led his people on a march to Oklahoma in 1877 after the federal government forced them from Nebraska. He was captured by the Army after returning to bury his son, but fought for his freedom in court. In 1879, he became the first Native American to be legally recognized as a person.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com


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