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Susan La Flesche

Thursday, November 18th. Many pioneering men and women are being honored as National American Indian Heritage Month continues.

One of them is Susan La Flesche, an Omaha Indian from Nebraska, who aspired to become a doctor. Her ambition led her to enroll at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. Not only did she graduate in 1889, but did so at the head of her class, becoming the first female American Indian physician. Dr. La Flesche returned home to Nebraska, where she married, raised a family, and built the first Indian hospital in the state.

Among adult American Indians and Alaska Natives, 81.5 percent have a high school diploma or equivalent. Over 16 percent have earned at least a bachelor’s degree in college.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at


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