Ponca tribes reclaim ancestral land along Trail of Tears in Nebraska

By Kevin Abourezk, Indianz.com
‘A force field against the Keystone XL Pipeline’

NELIGH, Nebraska – They stuck their hands into the ground, poking small holes into the fine sand and filling each hole with a single seed. They did this in the Sandhills of northeast Nebraska, more than 100 people standing in a long line stretching from one end of the field to the other. A sweltering sun beat down, and a strong wind blew the trees and grass . . . For the fifth year, farmers, friends, family and Native people planted the Poncas’ sacred corn on Art and Helen Tanderup’s land on Sunday. Nearly 200 people filled the couple’s farm to participate in the corn planting and to celebrate a transfer of land from the Tanderups to the Ponca tribes of Oklahoma and Nebraska. Read more here.

Photo by Kevin AbourezkNative children plant seeds at the fifth annual Ponca sacred corn planting ceremony on the Tanderup farm near Neligh, Nebraska, on June 10, 2018

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