e-Update: Honoring Chief Standing Bear


2014-07-31 18:59:21
<outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx nns-iq&crop=18477.78693606.12695882.14749790&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.j ohanns.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm> Senator Johanns e-Update July 31, 2014 Today, Senator Deb Fischer and I introduced legislation in the Senate to require the Department of the Interior to determine the feasibility of creating a Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail. This legislation is similar to a bill that Congressman Jeff Fortenberry introduced in the House of Representatives. An important part of Nebraska's rich history, Chief Standing Bear was a leader of the Ponca tribe in Nebraska during the mid-19th century when the U.S. government relocated the Poncas to present-day Oklahoma. Standing Bear was arrested for leaving Indian Territory when he returned to Nebraska to bury his son. In the trial that followed, Standing Bear made his now famous remarks: "That hand is not the color of yours. But if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. I am a man. The same God made us both." In response, Judge Elmer Scipio Dundy made the landmark ruling that an Indian is a person and has the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Standing Bear was permitted to stay near the Omaha reservation and to bury his son's bones on his ancestral land. Through his love for his son, Chief Standing Bear showed the power one person can have to enact meaningful change. His story is a testament to our nation's remarkable justice system and cements him as one of our nation's fighters for equality. For more information, click HERE <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx nns-iq&crop=18477.78693606.12695882.14749790&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.j ohanns.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f%3fp%3dPressReleases%26amp%3bContentRecord_ id%3d663e894b-ae10-46f7-bc8a-4ad0b87536b5%26amp%3bContentType_id%3dbc82a dff-27b4-4832-8fd6-aecbe3e7d8e3%26amp%3bMonthDisplay%3d7%26amp%3bYearDis play%3d2014> . Click here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx nns-iq&crop=18477.78693606.12695882.14749790&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fjohan ns.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f%3fp%3dEmailSenatorJohanns> to leave your remarks for Senator Johanns. Stay in touch with Senator Johanns on <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx nns-iq&crop=18477.78693606.12695882.14749790&redirect=https%3a%2f%2foutr each.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26amp%3bcid%3dquorum_j ohanns-iq%26amp%3bcrop%3d16813.76181764.12659284.7000369%26amp%3bredirec t%3dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.facebook.com%252fMikeJohanns> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx nns-iq&crop=18477.78693606.12695882.14749790&redirect=https%3a%2f%2foutr each.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26amp%3bcid%3dquorum_j ohanns-iq%26amp%3bcrop%3d16813.76181764.12659284.7000369%26amp%3bredirec t%3dhttps%253a%252f%252ftwitter.com%252f> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx nns-iq&crop=18477.78693606.12695882.14749790&redirect=https%3a%2f%2foutr each.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26amp%3bcid%3dquorum_j ohanns-iq%26amp%3bcrop%3d16813.76181764.12659284.7000369%26amp%3bredirec t%3dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.youtube.com%252fuser%252fSenatorMikeJohanns%2 53ffeature%253dmhee> To unsubscribe, email xxx ate. gov . <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_johanns-iq/iqtr k.gif?crop=18477.78693606.12695882.14749790>


Senator Johanns e-Update
July 31, 2014

Today, Senator Deb Fischer and I introduced legislation in the Senate to require the Department of the Interior to determine the feasibility of creating a Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail. This legislation is similar to a bill that Congressman Jeff Fortenberry introduced in the House of Representatives. 

 

An important part of Nebraska’s rich history, Chief Standing Bear was a leader of the Ponca tribe in Nebraska during the mid-19th century when the U.S. government relocated the Poncas to present-day Oklahoma. Standing Bear was arrested for leaving Indian Territory when he returned to Nebraska to bury his son. In the trial that followed, Standing Bear made his now famous remarks:  “That hand is not the color of yours. But if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. I am a man. The same God made us both.”

 

In response, Judge Elmer Scipio Dundy made the landmark ruling that an Indian is a person and has the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Standing Bear was permitted to stay near the Omaha reservation and to bury his son’s bones on his ancestral land.

 

Through his love for his son, Chief Standing Bear showed the power one person can have to enact meaningful change. His story is a testament to our nation’s remarkable justice system and cements him as one of our nation’s fighters for equality.

 

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