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Picotte, Dr. Susan LaFlesche, Memorial Hospital

Walthill, Nebraska
County of Thurston.
National Register Number: 88002762
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Health Care - hospital. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Congressional District: NE-1 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 19, 1993):
This hospital was built by Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte (1865-1915), the first Native American physician, who pioneered in providing health care for Native Americans. Picotte was born on the Omaha Indian Reservation, the youngest child of Chief Joseph LaFlesche (Iron Eye), the last recognized chief of his tribe and a strong advocate of integration. Picotte was educated at the Hampton Institute in Virginia and received her medical degree from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. She returned to the Omaha Reservation in 1890 as physician at the government boarding school, ultimately becoming physician for the entire tribe, serving as well as teacher, social worker, advisor and interpreter. Picotte was an active advocate for temperance and Omaha Indian rights.

Condition:
Several window screens are torn, various windows are broken, boards underneath windows are falling off, vines are growing on the north side of building. The building needs many exterior repairs, painting and landscaping is also recommended.

There are no additional changes to the landmark.


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