Ponca

Athena Smith, a student in the Southern Ponca Media Camp, produced this piece about the Ponca Language, in our "Home" series.

Alyssa Koomsa shares one of her favorite pastimes - softball- as a part of our exploration of "Home" for the Southern Ponca Youth Media Camp.

Alonzo Warrior, a student in the Southern Ponca Media Camp, brings us a look at Southern Ponca leaders in our study of "Home".

Rick Wright (Ponca) talks with reporter Aden Marshall about Ponca history and the significance of Chief Standing Bear.

Interviews conducted and edited by Aden Marshall with assistance from Eric Martin.

Judi gaiashkibos (Ponca) talks with reporter Ben Kreimer about the historical significance of Chief Standing Bear and the annual Chief Standing Bear Celebrations occuring in May in Lincoln Nebraska.

Interviews conducted and edited by Ben Kreimer with assistance from Aden Marshall.

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After the Ponca’s were forced to move from their home by the Niobrara to Indian Territory in Oklahoma, Chief Standing Bear's son Bear Shield died of Malaria. Bear Shield’s dying wish was for his father to bury his body in the old Ponca burying ground by the Niobrara, 500 miles away. Standing Bear’s journey to keep his promise to Bear Shield brought him to places he could have never imagined.

Reporter Aden Marshall speaks with Mike Wolf, Richard Lasely, Gary Lasely and Eugene Gilipin about Ponca history and the significance of Chief Standing Bear.

Interviews conducted and edited by Aden Marshall with assistance from Eric Martin.

This student film compares dropping out of school to becoming like a zombie, due to the impact that it will have on a person's future.

A chorus of Ponca tribe voices come together in this intergenerational plea for the role of a good education in preserving cultural heritage.

A young Ponca boy is at odds with his father over the importance of staying in school to complete his education, or joining the work force.

This film tells the story of Chief Standing Bear, who is known for suing a famous U.S. army general for his freedom. "I am a man," Chief Standing Bear said at his trial. "The same God made us both."

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