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n. pl. Ponca or Pon·cas
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting northeast Nebraska near the Niobrara River, with present-day populations in Oklahoma and Nebraska. The Ponca are closely related to the Omaha in language and history.
2. The Siouan language of the Ponca, dialectally related to Omaha.
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Noun1.Ponca - a member of the Siouan people of the Missouri river valley in northeastern NebraskaPonca - a member of the Siouan people of the Missouri river valley in northeastern Nebraska
Dhegiha - any member of a Siouan people speaking one of the Dhegiha languages
2.Ponca - the Dhegiha dialect spoken by the Ponca
Dhegiha - a branch of the Siouan languages
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A war party of the Poncas had made a foray into the lands of the Omahas, and carried off a number of women and horses.
With the help of Sylvester Warrior and the Poncas, he started leading Hethushka War Dances in Southern California.
He was befriended by the late Sylvester Warrior and other members of the Ponca tribe.
The Poncas were forced to leave their homeland in Nebraska near Niobrara and march on their own desperate Trail of Tears, like that of the Cherokee, earlier.
After concealing their horses behind a small general store, the troops quietly met with William Whiteman, the Indian affairs agent assigned to the Poncas.
For several months, Whiteman had barraged Interior Secretary Carl Schurz with telegrams describing the supposed threat posed by Big Snake, one of several men recognized as chiefs by the Poncas.
That the Poncas were demoralized was obvious, as was the immediate cause of their dejection.
In their new "home," the Poncas were treated as prisoners.
The Poncas were agrarian; the Nez Perces were capable warriors, but not hostile.
This case established precedent and was a legal victory for the Poncas.