Native America

Friday, August 9th 2019

The music and stories of the Native Tribes from Nebraska and the Midwest


A Song for Standing Bear

Concert I – 6 p.m.

Howell Theatre – Temple Building

The first concert on day three will feature a contata written in remembrance of the legacy of Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Tribe written by Native Composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate.

Tall Paul – Hip Hop Artist

Concert II – 9 p.m.

Centennial Mall

The Native story told through Hip-Hop

Story of a civil rights hero

With the passing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 came thousands of new settlers whose votes would determine whether the newly created territories were slave or free. The fate of the union hung in the balance and the disappropriation and violence towards Native Peoples is largely overlooked.

Chief Standing Bear was the Ponca Tribal leader whose attempt to fulfill his son’s dying wish led him to argue a court case in 1879 which granted Native Americans Habeas Corpus – seen as persons under the protection of the law – for the first time.

We’re all Nebraskans now


“That hand is not the color of yours, but if I prick it, the blood will flow, and I shall feel pain. The blood is of the same color as yours. God made me, and I am a man.”

- Chief Standing Bear, 1879