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Gov. Ricketts Tells Chief Standing Bear’s Story at Dedication Ceremony in U.S. Capitol

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Gov. Ricketts Tells Chief Standing Bear’s Story at Dedication Ceremony in U.S. Capitol

 

 

Gov. Ricketts gives remarks at the United States Capitol at a ceremony

to unveil Chief Standing Bear’s statue.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts gave remarks at the ceremonial unveiling of Chief Standing Bear’s statue in Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol.  He told the story of Standing Bear’s bravery, dedication to his family and tribe, and eloquent defense of his basic human dignity in the landmark civil rights case Standing Bear v. Crook.  The Ponca chief and Nebraska hero will be prominently displayed at the U.S. Capitol for years to come.

 

Each State of the Union can have statues of two of its notable residents on display in Statuary Hall.  In 2018, the Nebraska Legislature voted to replace the state’s sculptures of William Jennings Bryan and J. Sterling Morton with statues of Chief Standing Bear and Willa Cather.  Today’s ceremony marked the enshrinement of Chief Standing Bear in the U.S. Capitol and the retirement of William Jennings Bryan’s sculpture.  The latter will be relocated to the Nebraska National Guard Museum in Seward.  In April, Littleton Alston of Omaha was commissioned to sculpt the bronze statue of Willa Cather that will one day join Chief Standing Bear at the U.S. Capitol.

 

Read Governor Ricketts’ weekly column on Chief Standing Bear by clicking here.