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New One Book Program - Native American Law After Standing Bear

November 04, 2010 by sdc

One Book - One Lincoln fans --

Two new One Book - One Lincoln events have been added to the One Book calendar.  For those who are interested and available to attend, here's the information about the Native American Law Since Standing Bear:

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 - 7:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th St..

John Snowden, Professor Emeritus at the UNL Law College, will discuss the history of Native American law from the period after Standing Bear's trial to today. A Lincoln City Libraries staff representative will provide some background on the Standing Bear story and the One Book experience. Professor Snowden's presentation will last approximately 20-25 minutes, followed by questions from the audience.

Professor Snowden is an authority on Native American law from the mid-19th century to the present and has taught courses on the subject. Note that the program will not be an examination of the Standing Bear trial, but more of a look at how Native law since that time has impacted first peoples.


In addition, another local appearance by Joe Starita has been announced -- although not sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries. Our friends at Indigo Bridge Bookstore will be hosting an appearance by Starita on November 21st at their store, He will read from I Am a Man, and discuss his experiences writing it. He will also sign copies after his presentation. This appearance is in part to celebration Native American History Month in November.

Tagged in: OBOL, "One Book One Lincoln", I Am a Man, Standing Bear, law, Native Americans, John Snowden,
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"I Am a Man" from the One Book One Lincoln List

August 10, 2010 by PatLeach

Over the weekend, I finished "I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice" by Joe Starita.

I confess--all along it's been my favorite for One Book One Lincoln due to its Nebraska connection, important story, and local author. Voting has closed, and we will announce the One Book One Lincoln selection in mid-September, so the suspense continues.

I was somewhat familiar with the Standing Bear story, of his role in the legal case in the late 1800's establishing that Native Americans had rights in the sight of United States law. Starita places Standing Bear within the context of the United States of the nineteenth century and his place as a Ponca leader. The "journey for justice" referred to in the title is both literal and figurative. Starita details the Standing Bear's route from Nebraska to Oklahoma and back, as well as the journey in court, establishing whether the United States government had the right to tell Standing Bear and his people where they could live.

There's a strong sense of the distinct personalities of the people involved, and Starita does justice to placing them in the context of their time and place.

I'll recommend this to people who enjoy reading about history and biography. It's a story that all Nebraskans should know, and I'm delighted that One Book One Lincoln has placed it and its author in the limelight.

Tagged in: "One Book One Lincoln", Standing Bear, Joe Starita, nonfiction, Nebraska, Ponca,
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