Native/Indigenous Americans

Honoree:  Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte

Honoree Category:  Native/Indigenous Americans

Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte, Native/Indigenous Americans
Bio – Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte

Being Native American in America in the late 1800s was far from easy. Being a woman seeking medical training unprecedented. Susan LaFlesche Picotte was raised by a father who advocated independence and integration, who understood education was crucial to serving a changing society.

LaFlesche Picotte refused to see barriers, graduating from a prestigious three-year medical program in a mere two years. It was a remarkable achievement, but even more so as she was the first Native American woman physician in the United States.

As the only doctor for the Omaha reservation, LaFlesche Picotte became the primary physician for 1300 people. She also established the first privately-funded reservation hospital in the nation.

LaFlesche Picotte was a living example of how ethnicity, gender and adversity are not limitations. The value of education, instilled by her father, prepared her as doctor, leader, teacher, mentor and example for all cultures and generations.

Additional Honorees for Native/Indigenous Americans: Standing Bear, Frank LaMere, John Mackey, Reva DeCora Barta, George Barta