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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.
The Ponca Tribe will be receiving an ICDBG of $800,000 for the renovating and expanding of the White Eagle Wellness Center in the Poncas tribal community of White Eagle, just south of Ponca City and north of Stillwater, Oklahoma.
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.
Cartmill is expert at relating his own story and just enough information about the Poncas, Standing Bear, and other Plains Indians.
His subject was Chief Standing Bear, a Ponca Indian who in 1879 sued the United States government and won.
By May 1877 the punitive reality of removal penetrated the Poncas reservation, and the tribe was reluctantly relocated to arid lands in Indian Territory adjacent to the Quapaws.
Finally, after reviewing rival reports from a presidential inquiry and Secretary of Interior Carl Schurz, Congress offered the Poncas their choice of lands in Nebraska or Indian Territory in March 1888.
Suzette and her father, learning of their dreadful sufferings, visited them and began a campaign to acquaint the public with the injustice done to the Poncas.
This case established precedent and was a legal victory for the Poncas.