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ERIC Number: ED088628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 396
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Bright Eyes. The Story of Susette La Flesche, an Omaha Indian.
Wilson, Dorothy Clarke
The document is the biography of Susette La Flesche, whose name in Omaha was Inshta Theamba (Bright Eyes). She was the daughter of a French-Indian who, in the mid-1800s, became the last head chief of the Omahas. Her heritage--the legends, songs, sacred ceremonies and ancient wisdom of her people--came into conflict with the white man's world when she was sent to the mission school. Later she attended an Eastern school and while there determined to return to her reservation to share her knowledge as a teacher. When she did, however, she found that a kindred tribe, the Poncas, their treaty broken, were being exiled to arid, malaria rideen Indian territory, and the Omahas themselves were threatened. Accompanied by a small group, Bright Eyes came East to seek justice for the Indians. She addressed vast audiences, testified before Senate committees, and was feted in the White House. Through her efforts, new legislation was passed, a measure of justice was gained for the Poncas, and the Omahas kept, and still keep, a shrunken portion of their ancestral lands. Later Bright Eyes lectured in England, fought for Indian citizenship, and was at Wounded Knee during the massacre of 1890. (Author/KM)
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