Famous Ponca Chiefs and Leaders
Carter Camp, AIM activist
Buffalo Bull Chief (aka McDonald) - 1896
Thomas Cry (Moni Chaki or Big Elk) - c. 1877
Donna Jones Flood - Artist, poet, and author.
Ga-Hi-Ge (The Chief)
Big Goose - 1914
Hairy Grizzly Bear -
Inshtatheamba, or Bright Eyes, was a writer, lecturer, teacher and civil rights advocate from the Omaha Indian tribe. The daughter of Joseph LaFlesche, or Iron Eye, an Omaha chief, & Mary Gale, or The One Woman, Bright Eyes is best known for her efforts on behalf of Standing Bear & the Ponca Indians, who were illegally imprisoned by the U.S. government. Bright Eyes received her teaching degree from the Elizabeth Institute, in Elizabeth, NJ. (Ponca/French Canadian) -
Lone Chief aka Antoine Primeaux - Ponca/French-Canadian
Smoke Maker - 1877
Oscar Makes Cry -
Mon-non-shu-de or Raises the Dust -
Ump-pa Tonga (aka Big Elk, aka Robert Primeaux) the son of Lone Chief (aka Antoine Primeaux) - Ponca/French Canadian
Little Soldier -
Chief Standing Bear - First Indian to be declared a “person” according to law.
Wa-non-she-zhin-ga or Little Soldier -
White Swan a.k.a. Frank LaFlesche Sr. (Ponca/French Canadian) -
Susette La Flesche Tibbles (1854-1903), also called Bright Eyes, was a well-known Native American writer, lecturer, interpreter and artist of the Omaha tribe in Nebraska.
Susette LaFlesche was a progressive who was a spokesperson for Native American rights. She was of Ponca, Iowa, French, and Anglo-American ancestry. In 1983 she was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame.
The Whip - 1927
White Deer -
Chief White Eagle -
First Walker -
Wa-non'-she-zhin-ga or or Little Soldier - Ponca/Sioux.
White Weasel -
Jen Nee' Water Woman - Author. She is a descendant of Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca tribe, daughter of Velma Louise Pensoneau Jones and granddaughter of Mary Ross, Cherokee.
The census taken on 1 June 1930 of the Ponca Tribe on the Ponca Reservation lists the following surnames:
- Standing Elk