Ponka-We Victors: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series
# 24/11/2014 à 07:04
In the interview series Meet Native America, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian invites tribal leaders, cultural figures, and other interesting and accomplished Native individuals to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work. Together, their responses illustrate the diversity of the indigenous communities of the Western Hemisphere, as well as their shared concerns, and offer insights beyond what’s in the news to the ideas and experiences of Native peoples today.
Please introduce yourself with your name and title.
Ponka-We Victors, Kansas State representative, District 103.
What tribes are you affiliated with?
The Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona and the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma.
What is a significant point in history from one of your tribes that you would like to share?
In 1879, Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Tribe successfully argued in a U.S. District Court that Native Americans are “persons within the meaning of the law.” Not only did he see justice in a U.S. court, but he paved the way for others to fight for Native American rights.
How is your state government set up?
The Kansas government is comprised of and divided into executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The state legislature is composed of 125 representatives and 40 senators.
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