- One of the first Apsáalooke (Crow) people to achieve a higher education, and the first Crow registered nurse in the United States
- Worked diligently to modernize the health services offered to her tribe
and fight the forced sterilization of Native American women.
- For over 30 years (1930-1960) served as a consultant throughout the United States to improve services to Native American populations; her wit and open candore opened many doors and earned her the respect of many political leaders.
- Passionately dedicated to the health and welfare of children and mothers.
- Performed worldwide as a dancer in the Crow Indian Ceremonial Dancers troupe, preserving and advocating for Native American culture and values.
- Founded the first professional association of Native American nurses.
- Named in 1978 by the American Indian Nurses Association the “Grandmother of American Indian Nurses.”