from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Native American people formerly inhabiting northeast Nebraska near the Niobrara River, with present-day populations in Oklahoma and Nebraska. The Ponca are closely related to the Omaha in language and history.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Siouan language of the Ponca, dialectally related to Omaha.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the Dhegiha dialect spoken by the Ponca
  • n. a member of the Siouan people of the Missouri river valley in northeastern Nebraska


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  • A Ponca was the first to reach the tree and he struck it as if it were an enemy.

    Myths and Legends of the Great Plains

  • Fear and outrage permeated stories heard by ICNAA and other attendees, including attorneys, ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) specialists from the Ponca and Santee nations, and representatives of the governor, Siouxland Human Investment Partnership, and the Native American Unit of Iowa's human services department.

    Stephanie Woodard: Iowa Commission Takes on Child-Welfare Morass

  • Commission chair Judy Allen, from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, was adamant: "In working with the system, we don't want to turn our Native families into white families and our kids into white kids."

    Stephanie Woodard: Iowa Commission Takes on Child-Welfare Morass

  • You can mix and match if you like, but that emptied-out horse stall in Dimmit County's as likely as the telephone warehouse in Ponca City, the four concrete walls lying back like a forgotten hand of bridge.


  • Wayne Horace Smithey was born in Ogallala, Neb., and grew up in Ponca, Neb.

    Wayne H. Smithey, Ford Motor Co. executive

  • The best place to spot Elk is on AR43 at Beechwood AR, between the junction of AR21 & AR43 near Boxley and AR43 & AR74 near Ponca.

    The Mysterious Case of the Shrinking Elk Head

  • I found her online, residing in a rescue home sixty miles away, in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Dog

  • In my case, it just happened to be a rescue home in Ponca City, Oklahoma, where a tiny, emotionally and physically scarred Chihuahua waited for someone to take her home and give her a new life.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Dog

  • Army Sgt. John A. Carroll, 26, Ponca City, Okla.; died in Ramadi from small arms fire; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.

    September 2006

  • Ponca City, Okla., died on Sept. 6 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries sustained when he came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during a dismounted security patrol.

    Gulf War II


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