Remembering First Female Chief Of Cherokee Nation

April 10th, 2010  |  Published in History  | 

O’siyo. Sadly, Wilma Mankiller former tribal Chief of  The Cherokee Nation  died on Tuesday, at the age of 64.  A memorial for  Chief Mankiller will be held outside the Cherokee Nation Cultural Grounds in Tahlequah, Ok. It is expected that thousands will attend the service.

Wilma Mankiller ( (November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010) first female  to be elected Chief.  Photo Manataka American Indian Council.

Wilma Mankiller ( (November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010) first female to be elected Chief. Photo Manataka American Indian Council.

NPR presents an excerpt from a 1993 interview with Wilma Mankiller. It is an opportunity for everyone to listen to this extraordinary woman discuss the high points and the low points of her life.

She  also discusses the history of her name, a brief background of her life growing up with her family, and why she decided to go into politics. She also talks about her near death encounter, and what she learned from the experience.

Another tribute to Wilma Mankiller: Wilma Mankiller’s Trail of Triumph- By Paul Chaat Smith, April 8, 2010,  CNN

“I came to the position with absolute faith and confidence in our own people and our own ability to solve our own problems.”

“The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.”~Wilma Mankiller~

She will be remembered with love…

 

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