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Susan La Flesche Picotte: First American Indian Physician

Portrait of Susan La Flesche Picotte by artist Amelie Chabannes.

Grade Level Grades 6-12
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Learn about Susan La Flesche Picotte, the first American Indian physician and the first to found a private hospital on an American Indian reservation, in this video from the Unladylike2020 series. Susan La Flesche Picotte grew up on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska against the backdrop of the Dawes Act of 1887 which sought to force indigenous tribes onto reservations, and foster their assimilation into white society. Neither of her parents spoke English, but they encouraged her pursuit of an Anglo-American education. Picotte graduated from Women’s Medical College in 1889 and returned to the Omaha reservation to spend her career making house calls on foot, horse, and horse-drawn buggy across its 1,350 square miles. Also a fierce community leader, Picotte worked tirelessly to help her tribe combat the theft of American Indian land and public health crises including the spread of tuberculosis and alcoholism. Support materials include discussion questions, research project ideas, and primary source analysis.

UNLADYLIKE2020 is a production of Unladylike Productions in association with THIRTEEN’s American Masters. UNLADYLIKE2020's collection of educational resources was created by The WNET Group’s Kids Media & Education Department with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

More information and resources available at: https://unladylike2020.com/ and https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/unladylike2020/

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Susan La Flesche Picotte Lesson Plan.pdf

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June 23, 2021
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Primary Source Analysis_"My Work as a Physician Among My People" by Picotte.pdf

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June 23, 2021
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Copy of Susan La Flesche Picotte_Recursos Educativos.docx

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March 15, 2022
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Susan LaFlesche Picotte_Folleto_Ensayo 1892.docx

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March 15, 2022
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Investigate_worksheet.pdf

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June 22, 2021
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Investigate_worksheet.pdf

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June 22, 2021
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The First American Indian Doctor | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
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