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Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte Restoration Project

Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte Restoration Project


Maverick, healer, trailblazer.

One woman was all these and more to her Omaha Tribe and to others living in the Walthill community. In 1913, Dr. Susan fulfilled her life-long dream of raising $10,000 and building a local hospital. Today, Dr. Susan’s hospital building is at risk. It is empty and in need of restoration.

Currently great strides are underway raising funds to restore the site into a place honoring its history and helping with the needs of today’s community. Once the restoration is complete, the building will provide a place to learn and celebrate culture, providing business opportunities, and health and social services. The restoration project will save and repurpose the structure and serve as a modern day community center helping meet the needs of the Omaha Nation and Walthill community. 

Join us in keeping her legacy alive. Learn more about Dr. Susan by visiting the Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte Restoration project website.

Restore the Hospital and Her Mission

In 2017, the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs formed a Susan La Flesche Memorial Advisory Committee. It was comprised of Dr. Picotte’s descendants, community leaders, architects, museum professionals, other stakeholders, and subsequently, the Omaha Tribe and tribal elders. Together, the group decided the hospital restoration needed to focus on the needs of today’s local community with:

To understand current needs, focus groups and town hall meetings were held, and community-wide surveys were completed and analyzed. A master plan was then written that outlined three phases of work for restoring the historic building.


Professional Fees • $157,000
Construction/Renovation • $1,430,000
Furnishings and Technical Equipment • $63,000
Interpretive Displays and Exhibits • $450,000
Total • $2,100,000

 If you are a Physcian Member of the NMA, please donate through our website to have your funds added to our efforts by clicking the button below. 

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