DescriptionBancroft, named for historian George Bancroft, is just outside the Omaha Indian Reservation and near the Winnebago Indian Reservation. The graves of Susette La Flesche Tibbles and her father Joseph La Flesche, the last recognized chief of the Omaha, are in the Bancroft cemetery.
Known as “Bright Eyes,” Susette was an illustrator, lecturer and writer. She and her newspaperman husband, Thomas Henry Tibbles, toured the country speaking out against the mistreatment of Native Americans. They were influential in the passage of acts favoring Native American rights. In 1902 Susette returned to the reservation where she was raised. She died a year later.
Things to SeeJohn G. Neihardt State Historic Site