Standing Bear High School proposed as name for new high school

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – A naming committee in Lincoln on Tuesday presented a school name for its new school that goes to S. 70th and Saltillo Rd. To the Board of Education. Instead of taking the directional route, it will have a historic route.

The nominating committee unanimously chose the name Standing Bear High School.

Beating a drum isn’t something you see all the time at an LPS board meeting, but it happened on Tuesday to honor the chief of the Ponca Standing Bear tribe.

Steve Laravie, Jr., a member of the Ponca tribe, said, “The words Monchu Nonzhin mean that he stood up and did good for our people and for the goodness you have done for our people you will live. through this song. ”

The proposed school in southeast Lincoln will also include district softball, football and soccer complexes.

Tribe President Larry Wright, Jr. said, “To have Chief Standing Bear as important as he is to our own people, but to the history of Nebraska as a whole.”

Standing Bear and his family were deported from Nebraska in the late 1800s to Oklahoma. His son died in Oklahoma and he made it his mission to bury him in Nebraska.

“The only way you will be with our loved ones on the other side is to bury yourself in our homeland,” said Wright, Jr ..

He was later arrested and took the case to court. After that, it was declared that Native Americans were considered to be people in the United States.

Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry said, “This is an incredible, traumatic, difficult, but poignant civil rights story.”

Standing Bear has a statue on the United States Capitol and local leaders hope to honor it in Lincoln.

The board will vote to approve the name at the next school board meeting. School is expected to be finished by fall 2023.

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