Facts about Wilma Mankiller

Summary

Wilma Mankiller (born as Wilma Pearl Mankiller in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, died in Adair County, Oklahoma) was a famous Statesman from Cherokee, who lived between November 18, 1945 and April 6, 2010. She became 64 years old.

Biography

Wilma Mankiller was the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. She was leader from 1985 to 1995.

Mankiller was the sixth of eleven children. Her father Charley Mankiller was a full blooded Cherokee Indian and her mother Irene had Irish and Dutch ancestry. The family lived in such poor conditions that Charley and Irene decided to move to to "the big city" of San Francisco for better education and opportunities for her children. Adjusting to life in San Francisco was not with them. Wilma married young and had two daughters.

Meanwhile, they are studying and became active in the Native American Movement. She left her husband and took a job as a social worker with the Urban Indian Resource Center in the Bay Area of San Francisco. In 1977 she moved with her two daughters back to Oklahoma. She went to work for the "Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma" and meanwhile studied further. In 1979 she received a near fatal car accident.

More than a year later, she was back at the Cherokee Nation and decisively than ever to help the lives of poor Cherokee Indians in rural areas. Mankiller was asked to "deputy chief" to be, and after Chief Ross Schwimmer left she became the first female leader of the Cherokee tribe in Oklahoma. Despite much opposition she persisted and was even twice re-elected as chief. Wilma Mankiller was now remarried with a full-blooded Cherokee Indian and worked hard despite a sometimes failing health for its people.

In addition she was also president of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority and served two terms as president of the Inter-Tribal Council of Five Civilized Tribes (except the Cherokee are the Creek, Seminole, Choctaw and Chickasaw, all five of these strains were originally from the Southeast of the United States.) from President Clinton Mankiller received the prestigious presidential Medal of Freedom. Mankiller was chief until 1995.

Zodiac etc.

She is born under the zodiac scorpio, who is known for Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, Unyielding. Our collection contains 14 quotes who is written / told by Wilma, under the main topic Trust.

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Source / external links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilma_Mankiller

Famous quotes by Wilma Mankiller (14)


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"We must trust our own thinking. Trust where we're going. And get the job done"
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"Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward"
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"I want to be remembered as the person who helped us restore faith in ourselves"
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"Growth is a painful process"
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"In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future when making decisions that affect the people"
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"I don't think anybody anywhere can talk about the future of their people or of an organization without talking about education. Whoever controls the education of our children controls our future"
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"America would be a better place if leaders would do more long-term thinking"
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"There are a whole lot of historical factors that have played a part in our being where we are today, and I think that to even to begin to understand our contemporary issues and contemporary problems, you have to understand a little bit about that history"
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"Everybody is sitting around saying, 'Well, jeez, we need somebody to solve this problem of bias.' That somebody is us. We all have to try to figure out a better way to get along"
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"The secret of our success is that we never, never give up"
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"We must trust our own thinking. Trust where we're going. And get the job done"
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"I've run into more discrimination as a woman than as an Indian"
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"A lot of young girls have looked to their career paths and have said they'd like to be chief. There's been a change in the limits people see"
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"Prior to my election, young Cherokee girls would never have thought that they might grow up and become chief"


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