Tuesday, June 26, 2018

By Kevin Abourezk

Efforts to restore a historic hospital built by the first Native physician just got a significant boost.

The Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital, located on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska, has been added to the list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the designation on Tuesday.

“Somebody pinch me and wake me up because I feel like this is a dream,” said Michael Wolfe, chairman of the Omaha Tribe. “We are a people that has kind of been forgotten, and then there are people like Susan La Flesche Picotte that has revived us.”