Native American Public Telecommunications



The Trial of Standing Bear (1/23/01)

Date of this Version

January 2001


America recently honored the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But another important historical figure in the American civil rights movement, who has remained in obscurity, is Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Nation. His famous trial in 1879 resulted in the first U.S. court decision "that an Indian is a person within the meaning of the laws of the United States." Who are the unheralded leaders of the Indian civil rights movement? Guests include Phillip Wendzillo, director of cultural affairs for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.

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