It’s sounds almost comical to say such a thing in the 21st century, but on this spot, in 1897, the Federal Government first acknowledged that the American Indian was a human being. Seriously. This was the location of the trial of Standing Bear, a Ponca Indian chief who, after being forced to relocate to Indian territory in Oklahoma, was arrested in 1879 for trying to return his son’s body to the Niobrara River banks for burial. Long story short—with the help of General George Crook, a military commander in this region, Standing Bear was granted his wish and was recognized as a person under the law. Aside from this history, the house is just a beautiful structure with wide porches, detailed woodwork and stained glass, open for tours. The grounds around the Fort have retained their historical authenticity, even after becoming home to the Metropolitan Community College.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM, Saturday to Sunday from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
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