Harvard returns Standing Bear’s tomahawk to Nebraska tribe

Standing Bear gave this tomahawk to one of his lawyers after winning a major civil rights court...
Standing Bear gave this tomahawk to one of his lawyers after winning a major civil rights court case in 1879(PHOTO: Harvard Crimson via AP)
Published: Jun. 25, 2022 at 10:02 AM CDT
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BOSTON (AP) - Harvard has returned a tomahawk once owned by a pioneering Native American civil rights leader to his tribe.

Members of the Ponca tribes in Nebraska and Oklahoma visited the Massachusetts university this month for a ceremony returning the pipe-tomahawk owned by Chief Standing Bear. The university’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology has been working with the tribe for the past year to repatriate the artifact.

Standing Bear gave the tomahawk to one of his lawyers after winning the 1879 court case that made him one of the first Native Americans granted civil rights.

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