Exploring Nebraska

A Pellet of Poison

Explore the brief intertwining of two remarkable women: the very first Native American doctor and a Nobel Prize winning scientist. In 1915, Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte, the first Native American doctor and the daughter of a powerful Omaha chief, lay dying of cancer in her home on the Omaha Indian Reservation. Picotte’s family reached out to the famous Madame Curie for a possible cure. Curie responded by sending a special package from France to Picotte’s home.

Christine Lesiak


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