September 2017 Book Review by Mo Moton
On March 14, 1889, Susan La Flesche earned her medical degree—becoming the first Native American doctor in U.S. history. It so happened that this occasion was thirty-one years before women could vote and thirty-five years before Native Americans could become citizens in their own country.
By age twenty-six, this determined yet soft spoken Indian woman became the doctor to her tribe. Within a few weeks, she had over a thousand patients living across almost 1400 square miles of rolling countryside. Not many had paved roads and Dr. Susan travelled an arduous journey. Her patients often were diagnosed with tuberculosis,small pox, measles, influenza—and most were too poor to travel or to receive proper medical care. Their last hope was a young woman who spoke their language and knew their customs.
This is the story of an Indian woman who became the chief of a patriarchal tribe, the story of a woman who overcame ethnic, racial and gender prejudice, to improve the lot of her people—physically, emotionally, politically, and spiritually.
A Warrior of the People is an unforgettable biography of Susan La Flesche’s life. It will pull you into the world that Dr. Susan navigated and overcame while lending her dedication to cure her people across all environments.
The author will donate the cost of all purchases to a college scholarship fund he has established for Native American high school graduates.