A 10-foot bronze sculpture honoring Native civil rights icon Ponca Chief Standing Bear will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony Sunday.
The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Centennial Mall between P and Q streets with a performance by Native American group New Breed Singers and Dancers.
Ben Victor, one of the nation’s leading figurative artists, was commissioned to create the piece that captures Chief Standing Bear as he stands in a courtroom with his right hand outstretched fighting for the freedom to return to his homeland to bury his son.
The event is open to the public, with a reception and refreshments hosted at the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications following the event. Victor will be available to meet with the public, and maquettes of his sculpture will be on display for sale to support a Native American scholarship endowment.