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Susan La Flesche – A Warrior of the People

"An important and riveting story of a 19th-century feminist and change agent…This rebel's dogged determination is something of a roadmap and definitely an inspiration to those trying to break through 21st century glass ceilings."—Chicagco Tribune


A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor
Joe Starita
St. Martin's Press; 1st edition
November 1, 2016

Chief Standing Bear Journey for Justice Scholarship

This scholarship honors Ponca Chief Standing Bear and his contributions to America’s Native people by helping American Indian students pursue post-secondary education. This scholarship is granted by the Chief Standing Bear Journey for Justice Scholarship Fund, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation.

Three scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to students who demonstrate qualities of leadership, character and academic accomplishment, and who need financial assistance to meet their educational goals.

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Reside in Nebraska and be a member of a recognized North American tribe.
  • Have, or be on track to receive, a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Be enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited post-secondary educational program at a university, state or community college, technical or vocational school in the United States. (Enrollment will be required for funds to be disbursed.)
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate leadership in his or her community.
  • May be a recent high school graduate, current college student, or a “non-traditional student” – someone seeking to pursue post-secondary education after other life experiences (job, military, volunteer work, travel).

The application process is straightforward (see application form for details):

  • Complete the personal information portion of the application form.
  • Provide information regarding your financial need.
  • Write a 500-word essay.
  • Obtain a letter of reference.

Submitting your application:

All parts of your application must be submitted together (in a single envelope) and mailed to:

Chief Standing Bear Journey for Justice Scholarship
3145 South 29th Street
Lincoln, NE 68502

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM, April 1, 2017. (See application form for details.)


  • All applicants will be notified of the decisions of the scholarship selection committee by the end of April.
  • Scholarship winners will be announced in statewide media and invited to attend a dinner in their honor.
  • Scholarship funds will be disbursed directly to the post-secondary institutions attended by the awardees.

If you have questions, please contact Joe Starita, Scholarship Administrator, at jstarita2@unl.edu. 

I Am a Man

“The painful, moving, inspiring, and important story of Chief Standing Bear has found a worthy chronicler in Joe Starita. This excellent book is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the West, or of America.” —Ian Frazier, author of On the Rez and Great Plains


"I Am a Man": Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice
Joe Starita
St. Martin's Griffin
January 5, 2010

The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge

"This is a living, heartbreaking account of four generations of a Lakota Sioux family…A truly fine book rich in historical and personal detail of a family and a people."—The Boston Globe