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        Nebraska History Moments in Social Studies: Places & Culture

        Nebraska fun facts that are historical, arts related, science and literature based. This content falls under Nebraska State standards for Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts and Language Arts.

        Nebraska History Moment: Scotts Bluff National Monument

        Scotts Bluff National Monument in Gering, Nebraska was established as a National Monument in 1919. Towering above the North Platte River, Scotts Bluff has served as a landmark for Native Americans to emigrants on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails to travelers of today.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Nebraska's National Forests

        In 1902, University of Nebraska botanist Charles Bessey, assisted by Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, convinced President Theodore Roosevelt to set aside two tracts of land in the treeless Nebraska Sandhills as Forest Reserves.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Chief Standing Bear

        Standing Bear (c. 1829-1908) was the leader of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska who successfully argued in U.S. District Court in Omaha that Native Americans are "persons within the meaning of the law" and have the right to a fair and just trial.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Arbor Day

        Arbor Day was first celebrated April 10, 1872, when Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska journalist and politician, rallied Nebraskans to plant more than one million trees on that single day.

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