Nebraska Authors

Susette La Flesche Tibbles

AKA: Inshta Theamba, Bright Eyes

Some writers perfer to call her Susette La Flesche, leaving off her married name.

Born 1854-01-01 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 1902
Bancroft, NE (USA)

Bancroft, NE (USA)
Susette La Flesche Tibbles, from the Heritage Room copy of Oo-Mah-Ha Ta-Wa-Tha

Susette La Flesche Tibbles, from the Heritage Room copy of Oo-Mah-Ha Ta-Wa-Tha

Native American journalist, lecturer and activist, Bright Eyes was the interpreter for Chief Standing Bear at his 1879 trial. She frequently collaborated with Omaha journalist Thomas Tibbles in writing about Native American issues. Bright Eyes married Tibbles after his wife died. She wrote articles for newspapers, including Tibbles' populist newspaper, the Independent.

Places Lived

Omaha Reservation

Author Of

  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction


Native American Author; Omaha (Tribe)--Member; Social Criticism and Reform; Newspaper Journalist; Public Speaking


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 73 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans


Daughter of Joseph La Flesche (Iron Eye, the last Omaha Chief)
Sister of Susan La Flesche Picotte, (first Indian woman physician) 1865-1915.
Half sister of Native American anthropologist and ethnologist Francis La Flesche.


Oo-Ma-Ha Ta-Wa-tha. 1898. ("Omaha City", with Fannie Reed Giffin)
Ploughed Under: the story of Indian Chief. 1889. (Introduction only)
Lecture for the Boston Monday Lectures, 1879
Newspaper articles

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