noun (plural same or Poncas)
1A member of a Siouan people formerly inhabiting northern Nebraska and southern South Dakota.
- The ‘escaped’ Poncas were arrested and destined for a forced return to Oklahoma until sympathizers initiated litigation aimed at freeing them.
- The Sioux made annual raids on the Ponca until the enforced removal of the tribe to Indian Territory took place in 1877.
Relating to the Ponca or their language.
- After being removed to Indian Territory in Oklahoma in 1877, a group of Ponca Indians led by Standing Bear sought to return to their homelands in northern Nebraska.
- Sue Carlisle, a member of the Ponca tribe, spent much of her youth on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.
- Sue Carlisle is an enrolled member of the Ponca tribe and now lives with her husband in Toronto, Ontario.
Via French, from the Ponca name pãka.
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