Now You Know Nebraska

Now You Know Nebraska is a series of 180 engaging video shorts that chronicle some of the Cornhusker State’s most compelling, entertaining, little-known historical facts and stories.

Chief Standing Bear of The Ponca E-Book

Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

Imagine having to argue in court that you are a person. Yet this is just what Standing Bear, of the Ponca Indian tribe, did in Omaha in 1879. And because of this trial, the law finally said that an Indian was indeed a person, with rights just like any other American.

Standing Bear of the Ponca tells the story of this historic leader, from his childhood education in the ways and traditions of his people to his trials and triumphs as chief of the Bear Clan of the Ponca tribe. Most harrowing is the winter trek on which Standing Bear led his displaced people, starving and sick with malaria, back to their homeland—only to be arrested by the U.S. government, which set the stage for his famous trial. Standing Bear’s story is also the story of a changing America, when the Ponca, like so many Indian tribes, felt the pressure of pioneers looking to settle the West. Standing Bear died in 1908, but his legacy and influence continue even up to the present.

Student Atlas of Nebraska

Dr. Randy Bertolas

A multidisciplinary, 56-page color workbook and accompanying curriculum feature information on Nebraska geography, Native American history, westward expansion, science, reading and writing. Math skills are also incorporated with lessons on coordinate grids and distance calculations.

ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES

 

Nebraska Studies | Nebraskastudies.org offers teachers, students, and history buffs access to archival photos, documents, letters, video segments, maps, and more
Nebraska Virtual Capitol Tour
 | A virtual tour of the Capitol and Governor’s Residence with accompanying curriculum

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