Author Visit ~ Larry Dwyer

Nov 07, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meeting Room A


This is a story of a great and noble man. Standing Bear was a man who fought for his freedom with bold action, strong testimony and heartfelt eloquence. He knew he and his people had been wronged. This story is a civil rights victory for Native Americans, unprecedented in American history. For the first time, a federal court declared a Native American to be a “person” – a human being, having rights and privileges to file an action for a redress of grievances in a federal court, like every other person in America. Standing Bear won his fight for freedom. America would never be the same because of what Standing Bear did.

Lawrence A. Dwyer holds a B.A. Degree in American and British History from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a Law Degree from Creighton University. He is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association and has been a practicing attorney for 45 years. Larry served on the Board of Directors of the Douglas County Historical Society and became the first President of its Foundation. He was the keynote speaker at the Historical Society’s 130th and 140th Anniversary celebrations of the Trial of Standing Bear. He has given countless presentations to various civic organizations for the past decade on the historical significance of Standing Bear.

This event is free and open to the public. Due to COVID restrictions, space is limited and face masks and social distancing are required for in-person events and programs.

In-person or ZOOM Event! Contact the Reference Desk at 712-323-7553, ext. 2, to reserve a seat in Meeting Room A or pre-register to view via ZOOM from home.