Susette La Flesche - Notable Native Americans
Susette La Flesche was a well-known Native American writer, lecturer, interpreter, and artist . During her lifetime, she was a teacher on the Omaha reservation, an interpreter for Native Americans rights cases, a journalist as well as a book author with multiple titles to her name. She accompanied Chief Standing Bear on a speaking tour across the Eastern U.S. after his victory in Standing Bear v. Crook (1879). While there she met and became friends with many famous American authors. In 1983, she was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. In 1994, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Like many Native Americans who were raised during the early reservation period, La Flesche dedicated her life to the advancement and protection of her people. She overcame many obstacles put in her place by the constraints of the reservation system and laws which prohibited non-whites and women from advancing. Sh remains one of the most revered Native American women to this day. She was the first Native American woman to become a physician.