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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24: SUSAN LA FLESCHEProfile America — Saturday, November 24th. 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 set her sights on becoming a doctor. Her dedication resulted in her attending 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. 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, 77 percent have a high school diploma. And 13 percent have earned at least a bachelor's degree in college.
Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Native American History,
Judith Nies Changing the Face of Medicine, National Institute of Health U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB11-FF.22
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau