Standing Bear's Footsteps

Standing Bear's Footsteps

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 10:00pm

Pictured: Chief Standing Bear beside his home, not long before his death in 1908

Credit: Courtesy of Nebraska State Historical Society

This film recounts the remarkable journey of legendary warrior Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Nation, who fought injustice not with guns and arrows — but with words. Standing Bear's Footsteps, airing Monday, October 15, 2012 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11), tells the story of the Ponca Nation’s exile from Nebraska to the malaria-infested plains of Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. To honor his dying son’s last wish — to be buried in his homeland — Chief Standing Bear and his small clan set off on a frigid, 600-mile journey back to their former Nebraska home. En route, they were arrested and imprisoned at Fort Omaha for leaving the reservation. Standing Bear and his starving band were about to be sent back to “death country” when a remarkable series of events unfolded.

Please note that the date and time presented in this preview differ from that or our local broadcast schedule.

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