Wilma Mankiller

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Wilma Mankiller
Mankiller in 2001
Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation
In office
Preceded byRoss Swimmer
Succeeded byJoe Byrd
Personal details
Wilma Pearl Mankiller

(1945-11-18)November 18, 1945
Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States
DiedApril 6, 2010(2010-04-06) (aged 64)
Adair County, Oklahoma, United States
Cause of deathPancreatic cancer
Political partyDemocratic
Hector Hugo Olaya de Bardi (m. 1963–1977)

Charlie Soap (m. 1986)
Alma materSkyline College, San Francisco State University
OccupationWriter, author, tribal chief

Wilma Mankiller (November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010[1]) was the first woman to be the chief of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. She helped the Cherokee with some major problems, including unemployment, health care, and education. Mankiller helped take action on the unemployment issue by supporting new businesses. She also hugely increased the Cherokee nation's membership numbers, which was a great accomplishment. The Cherokee population increased by over 100,000 members. She survived a severe car crash, a kidney transplant, as well as a few illnesses. She died in 2010, at age 65 years from a form of cancer.

References[change | change source]

  1. The New York Times accessed 14 November 2016
  • "Wilma Pearl Mankiller".  Britannica School. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2015. Web. 29 May. 2015.
  • "Wilma P. Mankiller." Newsmakers. Detroit: Gale, 1986. Biography in Context. Web. 29 May 2015.