Nebraska Authors

Luther Standing Bear

AKA: Chief Luther Standing Bear

Born ≈ 1868-12 Rosebud Reservation, SD (USA)

Died 1939-02-20
Los Angeles County, CA (USA)

Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Sioux Chief, no relation to Standing Bear of the Ponca. An important chronicler, alongside figures such as Charles Eastman, of Native American life for a generation that knew both the oral traditions of tribal life and a modern education, some of it in very unpleasant Native American boarding schools. Luther Standing Bear is an important historian of the Sioux and through his books, articles, and speeches, an important Native American figure in the broader Progressive political movement of the late 1920s and early 1930s.

He was also a notable musician and a participant in late versions of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. He was in a number of Hollywood movies, and died in Hollywood.

Places Lived

Rosebud Reservation, SD
Pine Ridge Reservation, SD
Carlisle, PA
Los Angeles, CA
Blackbird, NE

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Children's Nonfiction; Autobiography


Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, PA



Places Worked

Tom Ince Studios, Hollywood, CA


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 2 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans


My People the Sioux. 1928.
My Indian Boyhood. 1931.
Land of the Spotted Eagle. 1933.
Stories of the Sioux. 1934.
Twenty True Stories.

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