Remembering First Female Chief Of Cherokee Nation

April 10th, 2010  |  Published in Culture, Education, History, Literature, Politics, Social Issues  | 

NPR, April 7, 2010

Chief Wilma Mankiller ( (November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010) Photo Manataka American Indian Council.

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. Details

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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Ex-Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller Diagnosed with Cancer

March 3rd, 2010  |  Published in Community, Education, Health  | 

Ex-Cherokee chief Mankiller diagnosed with cancer By Murray Evans (AP)

O’siyo. The news is not so good…

“The husband of former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller says his wife has been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Mankiller’s husband, Charlie Soap, made the announcement Tuesday in a news release issued by the tribe.

Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee National Holiday, 2001

Soap said the 64-year-old Mankiller has stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer but offered no other details. He asked that the public respect the family’s privacy.

Mankiller served as the tribe’s chief from December 1985 until retiring in 1995. She is one of the few women ever to lead a major American Indian tribe.

In a written statement, Mankiller said she planned to spend her time with family and close friends “and engaging in activities I enjoy.”


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