Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte was the first Native American woman to earn a medical degree in the United States.
She was born on the Omaha reservation in northeastern Nebraska. At a young age, Susan witnessed an American Indian woman die because a white physician denied her his help. She credited this event as her inspiration to become a doctor.
In 1894, she married Henry Picotte, and together, they moved to Bancroft, Nebraska. And there, Susan set up a private practice and gave both white and non-white patients her service.
Years later, she led a delegation to Washington, D.C., to lobby for the prohibition of alcohol on the reservation in 1906.
In 1913, she opened a hospital in the town of Walthill, Nebraska, which honors her memory by holding a museum dedicated to her work and sharing the history of the Omaha and Winnebago tribes.