Mankiller in 2001
|Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation|
|Preceded by||Ross Swimmer|
|Succeeded by||Joe Byrd|
Wilma Pearl Mankiller
November 18, 1945
Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States
|Died||April 6, 2010 (aged 64)|
Adair County, Oklahoma, United States
|Cause of death||Pancreatic cancer|
Hector Hugo Olaya de Bardi (m. 1963–1977)
Charlie Soap (m. 1986)
|Alma mater||Skyline College, San Francisco State University|
|Occupation||Writer, author, tribal chief|
Wilma Mankiller (November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010) 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.
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- 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.