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Chief Standing Bear

Waaxe's Law

by Mary Kathryn Nagle


A dramatic retelling of the seminal and heartbreaking trial of Chief Standing Bear in Omaha, Nebraska in 1879, during which Judge Dundy became the first judge to declare Native Americans to be "persons" under federal law. Based on quotes found in historical accounts, interviews with elders of both the Northern and Southern Ponca tribes, as well as transcripts from the time period surrounding the trial, this play vividly brings to life the historic struggle between understanding and ignorance, compassion and prejudice, and vividly illustrates the challenges that our country faces today in its ongoing struggle for justice in the world.