Sacred corn harvesting to happen in Neligh

October 5, 2018

NELIGH — The fifth annual harvest of sacred Ponca corn is set to take place near here on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Bold Nebraska representatives and farmers Art and Helen Tanderup of rural Neligh will host the harvesting ceremony for the corn grown in the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on land that crosses the historic Ponca Trail of Tears.

The land in question on the Tanderup farm where the Ponca corn has been planted and harvested by hand over the past five years was deeded back to the Ponca Nation in a first-of-its-kind ceremony earlier this year.

The corn was re-established on the Ponca’s ancestral homeland in Nebraska five years ago, after a 137-year absence following the tribe’s forced removal from the state by the U.S. government.

Activities will begin at 11 a.m. and continue through 2 p.m. In addition to the Tanderups, also participating will be Larry Wright, chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska; Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska Founder; and others.

From Neligh, the farm is located eight miles north on Highway 14 to 857 Road, then west for two-thirds of a mile and the north up the lane to the Tanderup farm.

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