Monday, July 16, 2012

Joe Starita, Author of “I Am a Man” Speaks at SSC Library

(South Sioux City, Nebraska)-  Speaker, Joe Starita, will present a program entitled, Standing Bear: How an Indian Chief Set Off on a 600-Mile Journey to Bury His Son and Ended Up Beating the U.S. Army in a Federal Courtroom on Saturday August 11th at 2pm at the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, Nebraska.

Joe Starita is the author of “I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice", Nebraska's reading choice for the 2012 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. Before joining the journalism faculty in 2000, Starita spent 13 years at the Miami Herald, where he served as the paper's New York bureau chief from 1983-1987. Interested in American Indian history and culture since his youth, Starita returned to his native Nebraska in 1992 and began work on a three-year book project about five generations of an Indian family. "The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge - A Lakota Odyssey" was published in 1995, has been translated into six foreign languages and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Joe will discuss the legal, social and political importance of the landmark 1879 decision in which a judge declared that Ponca Chief Standing Bear was "a person" within the meaning of the law and entitled to the same Constitutional protections as white citizens.

Standing Bear is one of approximately 300 programs offered by the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.  The more than 165 available speakers acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities and speakers bureaus in the nation.

Speakers are available to any non-profit organization in Nebraska.  Every program lasts 30 minutes to one hour, plus a question and answer period. 

The most frequent users of the NHC Speakers Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches and arts organizations and ethnic organizations.  The Nebraska Humanities Council sponsors the largest Speakers Bureau program in the US, according to the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

For information detailing the available speakers and guidelines and guidelines for booking them, please access our website (Speakers and resources section) or contact the Nebraska Humanities Council at Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln Nebraska, 68508, phone (402) 474-2131 fax (402) 474-4852 or email

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