A Warrior for the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor

When:
April 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2020-04-26T14:00:00-05:00
2020-04-26T15:00:00-05:00
Where:
Sarpy County Museum
2402 Clay St. Bellevue NE 68005
Cost:
Free

Award winning journalist, Joe Sarita will share the history of Susan La Flesche: America’s First Indian Doctor. On March 14, 1889, La Flesche received her medical degree―becoming the first Native American doctor in U.S. history. She earned her degree thirty-one years before women could vote and thirty-five years before Indians could become citizens in their own country. By age twenty-six, this fragile but indomitable Indian woman became the doctor to her tribe. Overnight, she acquired 1,244 patients scattered across 850 square miles of rolling countryside with few roads. Her patients often were desperately poor and desperately sick―tuberculosis, small pox, measles, influenza―families scattered miles apart, whose last hope was a young woman who spoke their language and knew their customs.

Before joining the UNL journalism faculty in 2000, Joe Starita spent 13 years at the Miami Herald, where he served as the paper’s New York bureau chief from 1983-1987.

Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. The program is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Humanities Nebraska.

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