“A history of equal rights for all”
Standing Bear Park, Museum & Education Center in Ponca City honors all Native Americans with a 22-foot bronze statue of Ponca Chief Standing Bear. This outstanding sculpture sits on a 63-acre park that boasts a walking trail among native grasses and wildflowers, a peaceful memorial grove, a pond and outdoor interpretive center. These elements all come together to tell the history of American Indians In Oklahoma. Visitors to this park are blown away by the larger-than-life sculpture of Standing Bear, erected where the actual chief is believed to have walked more than a century ago. Standing Bear is famous for making a landmark speech before a U.S. District Court stating all American Indians deserved the same recognition and protection under the law as white men. This Ponca City monument built in his honor celebrates all Native Americans with artifacts, artwork and educational material, all in a breathtaking setting.
I've been here twice, once in 2017 and once in 2018, and I greatly enjoyed both my visits. The museum is interesting and expansive, and the park is so beautiful and calming. I learned so much about Oklahoma's Native American tribes, and the sculptures in the park are wonderful. A definite must-stop if you're passing this way, and a perfect way to stretch your legs while expanding your mind.
Loved the peaceful park! Full of Native American information and history! A great tribute to Standing Bear!
Such a beautiful and meaningful place of history. We loved the tribute to honor the tribes in this area. The trail was beautiful. We learned a ton.
This is a great stop. We arrived after the museum was closed, but we walked the trail which has stops along the way honoring separate Indian tribes. The trail culminates at the HUGE Standing Bear statue that is truly awesome to see. Took us about twenty minutes to walk through, but we were in a hurry to get back on the road. A thorough experience would probably take an hour.
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Standing Bear Park
- Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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