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News Sculpture of Chief Standing Bear to Be Unveiled in Ceremony at Roman L. Hruska U.S. Courthouse

Sculpture of Chief Standing Bear to Be Unveiled in Ceremony at Roman L. Hruska U.S. Courthouse

Standing BearAt 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, September 16, a bronze sculpture of the bust of Ponca Chief Standing Bear will be unveiled at a ceremony at the Roman L. Hruska U.S. Courthouse at 111 South 18th Plaza in Omaha. Chief Judge Joseph F. Bataillon will preside at the event, which will take place in Courtroom One on the fourth floor. Justice Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court, will be a distinguished guest at the unveiling.

The sculpture, an anonymous gift given to the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, will be on loan from the Foundation to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska and will be on display on the first floor of the Hruska Courthouse. Bar Foundation President Kile W. Johnson will present the sculpture, and Judge Cloyd Clark of McCook will make remarks on behalf of the donor.

The historic case, Standing Bear vs. Crook, presented at the U.S. District Courthouse in Omaha in 1879, is noted for recognizing Native Americans as "persons within the meaning of the law."

Chief Standing Bear is best remembered for addressing the Court with this statement, "That hand is not the color of yours, but if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand, you also will feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. I am a man. God made us both."


A reception in the Fourth Floor Conference Room of the Hruska Courthouse will immediately follow the ceremony. The public is welcome to attend the unveiling and the reception, but reservations are required. Please RSVP to Cindy McGroarty, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 402/475-1042.


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