In what ways did Dr. Picotte bridge the gap between the separate spheres of men and women and Nativeness and assimilation in her work?
Research compiled by: Adrianna B., Heather C., Jathiyah C.
Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte remains a highly regarded member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. Her image hangs in the contemporary hospitals on the reservation. The hospital she built stands tall on a hill in Walthill, NE, and members of the tribe still refer to her with the endearment “Dr. Sue.” While her name is well known on the reservation, her only tribute in the City of Omaha is the OPS elementary school that holds her namesake. However, as the students’ work suggests, Dr. Picotte deserves memorialization because of her commitment to her community and her determination to help her tribe adapt and survive during a time of increased tension between Native Americans and the United States.
Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte and her hospital in Walthill, NE (Image Courtesy of Susan LaFlesche Picotte Center)