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United States ex rel. Standing Bear v. Crook - Significance, Indians Are "persons", Impact, The Dawes Severalty Act, Further Readings

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Petitioners

Standing Bear and other Ponca Indians

Respondent

George Crook, U.S. Army General

Petitioners' Claim

That confinement of American Indians by the U.S. Army violated the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Chief Lawyers for Petitioners

John L. Webster, Andrew J. Poppleton

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Genio M. Lambertson

Justice for the Court

Elmer S. Dundy

Place

Lincoln, Nebraska

Date of Decision

12 May 1879

Decision

The Court upheld Standing Bear's claim and ordered the Poncas released from U.S. custody.

Related Cases

  • Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857).
  • Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock, 187 U.S. 553 (1903).
  • United States v. Omaha Tribe of Indians, 253 U.S. 275 (1920).
  • United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians, 448 U.S. 371 (1980).

Sources

Bacon, Donald C., et al., eds. The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

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