By John Keenan
"I can’t begin to express the power of the words," said the director of "Ma-chu-nah-zha: I Am a Person," which was being performed Tuesday afternoon in the special proceedings courtroom of the Roman L. Hruska U.S. Courthouse in Omaha.
The performance is one of a series of events marking the 130th anniversary of the trial of Standing Bear, the Ponca chief who won a landmark case in an Omaha courtroom that recognized him as a person, with certain rights under the law.
To give you some idea of his popularity, this is the 19th posting with his name in Newspaper Rock. Here's how often some other well-known Indians have appeared:
Major Ridge: 8
John Ross: 7
Red Cloud: 10
Chief Joseph: 9
Quanah Parker: 3
Charles Eastman: 15
Will Rogers: 13
For more on Standing Bear, see Standing Bear = Enemy Combatant, Former Governor Writes About Indians, and Standing Bear, Pop Icon. For more on plays in general, see Native Plays and Other Stage Shows.
Below: "Standing Bear, portrayed by Eduardo Millan, in the play Ma-Chu-Nah-Zha: I am a Person."