SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 | Chadron State College —
Speaker says Standing Bear ranks with great Americans — One of
Nebraska’s own, Chief Standing Bear, deserves to be recognized with great
Americans in history, a large audience was told in Memorial Hall at Chadron
State College on Thursday night. The speaker was Joe Starita, author of "'I
Am a Man' — Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice." Starita said he
ranks the famous Ponca leader with Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln,
Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks as being among those who helped bring
equality and justice to the American way of life, even though there are
still lessons to be learned in this regard.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 | PowWows.com —
Standing Bear's Footsteps — Native American Public
Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT) proudly announces the release of a new
documentary that recounts the remarkable journey of legendary warrior Chief
Standing Bear of the Ponca Nation, who fought injustice not with guns and
arrows—but with words. Standing Bear’s Footsteps is available to Public
Television stations via the PBS National Program Service (NPS) on Monday,
October 15, 2012, at 10 p.m. ET.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 | Nebraska Library Commission —
Finalists for 2013 One Book One Nebraska Announced — One nonfiction book and
three novels—all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains—are
the four finalists for the 2013 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading
program. The finalists are: O Pioneers!, by Willa Cather; Once Upon a
Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen, by Bob Greene; While the
Patient Slept, by Mignon Eberhart; The Tie That Binds, by Kent Haruf.
The choice for the 2013 One Book One Nebraska will be announced at 5:30
p.m. at the Celebration of Nebraska Books on November 3 at the Nebraska
State Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P
Streets in downtown Lincoln.
AUGUST 11, 2012 | Sioux City Journal —
Joe Starita presents Standing Bear — Speaker, Joe Starita, will
present a program entitled, Standing Bear: How an Indian Chief Set Off on a
600-Mile Journey to Bury His Son and Ended Up Beating the U.S. Army in a
Federal Courtroom. Joe will discuss the legal, social and political
importance of the landmark 1879 decision in which a judge declared that
Ponca Chief Standing Bear was "a person" within the meaning of the law and
entitled to the same Constitutional protections as white citizens.
JULY 16, 2012 |
Cardinal Opportunities @ the South Sioux City Public Library —
Joe Starita, Author of “I Am a Man” Speaks at SSC Library — Speaker
Joe Starita, will present a program entitled Standing Bear: How an Indian
Chief Set Off on a 600-Mile Journey to Bury His Son and Ended Up Beating the
U.S. Army in a Federal Courtroom on Saturday August 11th at 2 pm at the
South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City,
JULY 3, 2012 |
KIOS 91.5 FM —
Chief Standing Bear Featured in June Press Club — The 1879 trial of
Omaha Chief Standing Bear was the subject of last month’s press club. Award
winning author, college professor, and former newsman Joe Starita was the
guest speaker. Starita wrote I AM A MAN, which detailed the landmark case of
Chief Standing Bear. He said the case stemmed from the U.S. government
forcing the Ponca Indians from their ancestral land, and Chief Standing
Bear’s efforts to lead some of them back.
JUNE 13 18, 2012 | The
Grand Island Independent —
Standing Bear's story a topic for author, descendants — In 1878,
Ponca Chief Standing Bear was a middle-age father trying to fulfill the last
request of his 16-year-old son: to be buried in the tribe’s Nebraska
homeland, nearly 600 miles from the Oklahoma reservation where the tribe had
been forced to move. Joe Starita, an associate professor of journalism at
University of Nebraska-Lincoln and author of “I Am a Man: Chief Standing
Bear’s Journey for Justice,” spoke as part of the Adult Summer Reading
MAY 18, 2012 | The
Grand Island Independent —
Standing Bear author coming to Grand Island — The author of this
year’s One Book, One Nebraska book will be in Grand Island June 13 to talk
about his book and its subject, Chief Standing Bear. "I was really
thrilled," Starita said of the 2012 honor, but he added it wasn’t from an
egotistical standpoint. "But thrilled because this is a great story, not
because I wrote it, but because Standing Bear lived it."
APRIL 14, 2012 | Indian Country Today Media Network.com —
I Am a Man Author Visits Columbus Public Library — Joe Starita, a
professor of journalism in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications
at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present a program about Chief
Standing Bear at the Columbus Public Library Sunday, April 15.
APRIL 7, 2012 | The Columbus Telegram —
Chief Standing Bear's story comes to library — The Friends of the
Columbus Public Library and The Book Review Club will present Joe Starita at
2 p.m. Sunday, April 15 in the art gallery. Mr. Starita is the author of the
2012 One Book, One Nebraska selection, "I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s
Journey for Justice." Starita's book is a well-researched and insightful
account of a major court case and decision which had long-lasting
consequences. Although factual, the book reads like fiction with its
suspenseful twists and turns, heartbreaks and triumphs.
FEBRUARY 27, 2012 | KVNO News —
An early civil rights story, set in Nebraska — This year’s selection
for One Book One Nebraska is a story of one of the earliest victories in the
struggle for civil rights: a universal story of humanity and courage and a
true story – one that took place right here in Nebraska. ... “What is
amazing is that despite all of this abuse and fear and anger, and all of
these obstacles that were set in front of Standing Bear, and he just kept
plowing ahead, plowing ahead, knocking them over and he never became
bitter,” Starita said.
FEBRUARY 26, 2012 | Omaha.net —
Author Joe Starita Visits Abrahams Branch of Omaha Public Library —
Meet the author of "I Am A Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice,"
which is the selected title for this year’s One Book One Nebraska.
FEBRUARY 15, 2012 | Nebraska Humanities Council —
Chautauqua scholars to explore impact of legislation — Scholars will
portray six prominent historical figures and explore the impact of three
important pieces of legislation passed within six weeks of each other in
1862 when the “Free Land” Chautauqua comes to Beatrice May 20-25. ... Taylor
Keen will portray Standing Bear, Ponca chief who was involved in a court
case in 1879 that was the first step in establishing basic civil rights for
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FEBRUARY 3, 2012 | Omaha Public Library —
One Book One Nebraska focuses on one man’s journey for justice —
Omaha Public Library is pleased to announce its participation in One Book
One Nebraska 2012. Each year, Nebraska selects and promotes a title for its
citizens to read to celebrate the literary richness of our state. "I Am a Man" Chief
Standing Bear's Journey for Justice by Joe Starita was announced by the
Nebraska Center for the Book as this year’s title. Omaha Public Library
encourages everyone to read the book and participate in a series of programs
in February and March. All programs and are free and open to the public.
Calendar of events...
WINTER 2012, VOL. 22, NO. 1 |
Nebraska Center for
the Book —
2012 One Book One Nebraska Announced — Article (pp. 4-5) includes an
interview with Joe Starita.
OCTOBER 22, 2011 | Nebraska Library Commission —
2012 One Book One Nebraska Announced — "I Am a Man" Chief
Standing Bear's Journey for Justice, by Joe Starita is Nebraska's
reading choice for the 2012 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program.
The One Book One Nebraska reading program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center
for the Book, is now in its eighth year. It encourages Nebraskans across the
state to read and discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska
authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. A committee of the
Nebraska Center for the Book selected the finalists from a list of
forty-eight titles nominated by Nebraskans. After receiving nominations from
across the state, the Nebraska Center for the Book board announced the
choice for the 2012 One Book One Nebraska at the Celebration of Nebraska
Books on October 22 in Lincoln.
OCTOBER 6, 2011 | Nebraska Library Commission —
Finalists for 2012 One Book One Nebraska Announced — Two nonfiction
books and three novels-all stories of America's Great Plains-are the five
finalists for the 2012 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The
finalists are: A Sandhills Ballad, by Ladette Randolph; Atticus
: A Novel, by Ron Hansen; "I Am a Man" Chief Standing Bear's
Journey for Justice, by Joe Starita; Once Upon a Town: The Miracle
of the North Platte Canteen, by Bob Greene; and, The Tie That Binds,
by Kent Haruf.