Skip to content

Standing Bear's Pursuit of Happiness


Have you ever been homesick? What if you weren’t allowed to go back home? Join host Cliff Taylor and explore the brave tale of Standing Bear, chief of the Ponca, and the incredible story of his people’s journey to freedom. After the U.S. government forced them to leave home, Standing Bear stood up for his people and through sheer will and determination, fought to return home. It’s time to discover the incredible story passed down from generation to generation. It’s a story of justice and one people’s pursuit of happiness.

About the Host

Cliff Taylor is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. He spent his childhood growing up in the small town of Columbus, Nebraska (yes, named after that dude), partaking in the bliss of youth, and always rowing his canoe of art forward into the ever-present beauty of life. His unpublished books include a gargantuan memoir, Special Dogs, a micro-memoir about the Sundance and the little people, and more.

About Honest History

Honest History creates award-winning books, magazines, and this show for young historians across the world. Our mission is to inspire kids to create a positive impact on history themselves. Learn more at and @honesthistory.


This episode was written by Heidi Coburn and produced by Randall Lawrence. Original theme music was written and recorded by Luke Messimer.