Lincoln’s Standing Bear High School picks a fitting mascot
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – On Tuesday, Lincoln Public Schools announced that the mascot of Standing Bear High School will be a grizzly bear.
A committee first narrowed down the mascot options to three: the Grizzlies, the Bison and the Thundering Herd.
After students gave their input, the committee made the final decision.
Stacy Laravie, a descendant of Chief Standing Bear, was on the committee, along with other representatives of the Ponca Tribe and a student Native American advocate. There was also a professor from the University of Nebraska and representatives from LPS on the panel.
“It’s the grizzly head, but it’s also the bear shield, so it incorporates the Chief Standing Bear story and his legacy of bringing his son back to be buried in Niobrara,” said Susan Cassata, the school’s future principal. “The trial that ensued and the decision by the U.S. courts that Native people were citizens and had every right to move about freely, I think there’s some heritage and story that’s important with this, and I think the mascot represents some of that.”
Laravie believes the school will be a safe space that will allow people of different backgrounds to freely and safely practice their culture.
The school is currently scheduled to open in the fall of 2023.