History

Against the Current

As a child in frontier Nebraska, Susan La Flesche witnessed the death of a member of her tribe--because the agency doctor never showed up.   The experience drove her to accomplish the seemingly impossible--to become the first Native American doctor and to build her own hospital on the Omaha reservation. Omaha means "against the current" -- so she was just being true to her Omaha culture.  Two members of her tribe, Wehnona Stabler and Lisa Drum, tell Doctor Susan's story from the Omaha point of view.  UNL Professor of History, Margaret Jacobs, offers insights into the Presbyterian Mission School on the reservation. This is an excerpt from the NET documentary Medicine Woman.

Christine Lesiak

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