VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT: WILMA PEARL MANKILLERadmin2022-04-21T13:42:24-04:00
THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
Wilma Pearl Mankiller
November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010
“Look forward. Turn what has been done into a better path.” – Wilma Pearl Mankiller
A community organizer and the first woman elected to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Author of a national best-selling autobiography, Mankiller: A Chief and Her People. Mankiller worked to expand education and health initiatives for the community, strengthen the Cherokee economy and continue to fight for tribal rights in Washington. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Bill Clinton in 1998.
Photo. The swearing in of Wilma Mankiller as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Charlie Soap holds the Bible, photo from the Wilma Mankiller Foundation.
Wilma Mankiller in her home in Tahlequah in 1996. Photo by Kelly Kerr, Tulsa World.