OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – The president of the Ponca tribe of Nebraska, Larry Wright Jr., wants to preserve Native American history.
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“We are still building a nation, bringing back all that we have lost, including our culture, traditions and language,” Wright Jr. said.
Bringing back the tomahawk, that’s how he’ll do it.
“We have an item that was at this trial, which belonged to Standing Bear. All he wanted to do was go home, bury his son in our homeland and where he buried himself,” said Wright Jr. “And now this item can get to Nebraska where it wanted to be.”
Wright Jr. and other tribal representatives plan to visit the Peabody Museum.
“The delegations of the Ponca tribe from Nebraska and Oklahoma will visit the museum, visit the artifacts themselves,” said Wright Jr.. “Between the two tribes, we will organize the correct and appropriate cultural ceremonies and plan for bring them back. “
Lawyer Brett Chapman is a descendant of Standing Bear who wrote a letter to Harvard asking to repatriate the tomahawk.
“I did not threaten to sue them, I did not cite any laws because I know that these institutions, when they come under this law called NAGPRA – The Native American Graves Rapatriation Act – that this sort of thing happens. produce, they say they’re ‘I’ll give it back and there’s this whole long process that’s completely unnecessary,’ Chapman said.
Chapman is disappointed with the way this process is going.
“The way I see it is if they say they’re going to give it back, just give it back, they shouldn’t have any control over the disposition of it, if you agree that you don’t. no moral right to have it, ”Chapman said.
By bringing the tomahawk home, Wright Jr. believes the Standing Bear legacy will come full circle.
“It’s symbolic for our people, for all the things our ancestors went through, here we are today, always trying to honor them and care for this generation and the next,” Wright Jr. said.
This tomahawk was donated to the Peabody Museum in 1982. According to a declaration of the Museum, the Tribal President and other representatives will be visiting in September.
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