Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project, Inc. [OTHRP]

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Omahas in History

 


Photograph courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society

Susette La Flesche Tibbles
"Bright-eyes"

advocate, author, artist

 


Photograph courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society

Standing Bear, Ponca Chief


 
 

 

Susette La Flesche Tibbles
"Bright-eyes"

Susette La Flesche was the first of the La Flesche children to complete her work at the Old Presbyterian Mission School and then to travel to the East to complete her education.  Accompanied by her brother, Francis, she toured the East Coast championing Indian Rights and specifically speaking out for justice for Standing Bear, a Ponca chief of one of the closest of the five cognate tribes related to the Omaha.  Her presence on the stage won her many friends and helped the outcome of the Standing Bear trial in Omaha winning the right for Indians to "equal treatment under the law."

She was joined in her crusade by Thomas H. Tibbles, a writer for the Omaha World Herald.  Together they traveled the speaking circuit, always working for Indian Rights and to enforce the Treaties that had been signed.  Eventually Susette married Tibbles.

A gifted writer as well as artist, Susette was the first Native American to be published in the commercial press of the dominate culture, St. Nicholas MagazineA Philadelphia Christmas Tree in Nebraska, An Indian woman’s letter was published by the Omaha Agency in Nebraska in 1879, one of her more popular works.

Susette's life story was written by Margaret Crary in her book: Susette LaFlesche, Voice of the Omaha Indians published by Hawthorne Books in New York City in 1973.

 

 

 


Photograph courtesy of OTHRP Archives

Thomas H. Tibbles as painted by Susette

 


Photograph courtesy of OTHRP Archives

Francis  and Susette LaFlesche


 

 

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