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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.
Title: Standing Bear Is A Person: The True Story of a Native American's Quest for Justice
Publisher: Da Capo Press: 2004-10
ISBN Number: 030681370X
ISBN Number 13: 9780306813702
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Item: 19.00 Item
Seller ID: 002053
Description: Very Good Condition: Unmarked. Tight binding. Dustjacket shows very minor storage wear. Cover shows minor wear including lightly bumped corners. Hardcover book with dustjacket copy of Standing Bear Is a Person: The True Story of a Native American's Quest for Justice by Stephen Dando-Collins. New York: Da Capo Press (Persius Book Group), 2004. x, 259 pages. Map. 6.25 x 9.25 inches, 24 cm. Shipping weight 2 pounds: Additional shipping fee may be requested on international order. From Wikipedia: Standing Bear (c. 1829 ? 1908) was a Ponca Native American chief who successfully argued in U.S. District Court in 1879 in Omaha that Native Americans are persons within the meaning of the law and have the right of habeas corpus. His wife Susette Primeau was also a signatory on the 1879 writ that initiated the famous court case. Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!