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Wilma Mankiller

Chief of the Cherokee Nation
Female
Born Nov 18, 1945
Hometown Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Died Apr 6, 2010
Death Place Adair County, Okl...
Alma Mater San Francisco Sta...

Wilma Pearl Mankiller was the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. She served as principal chief for ten years from 1985 to 1995.

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CHILDHOOD

1945 Birth Born on November 18, 1945.

TEENAGE

1963 17 Years Old In 1963, at the age of 17, Mankiller married Hector Hugo Olaya de Bardi, an Ecuadorian college student. … Read More

TWENTIES

1969 23 Years Old In the late 1960s, Mankiller joined the activist movement and participated in the Occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969. … Read More

THIRTIES

1977 31 Years Old After divorcing Hugo Olaya in 1977, Mankiller moved back to Oklahoma with her two young daughters, in hopes of helping her people. … Read More
1979 33 Years Old In 1979, she was involved in a near-fatal car accident which required multiple surgeries. … Read More
1983 37 Years Old By 1983, Mankiller was elected deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation, alongside Ross Swimmer, who was serving his third consecutive term as principal chief. In 1985, Chief Swimmer resigned when appointed as assistant secretary of the US Bureau of Indian Affairs. … Read More

FORTIES

1986 40 Years Old After many years working together on Cherokee community development projects, Mankiller married her longtime friend, Charlie Lee Soap, a full-blood Cherokee traditionalist and fluent Cherokee speaker, in 1986. … Read More
1987 41 Years Old 1 More Event
She was elected in her own campaign in 1987, and re-elected again in 1991 in a landslide victory, collecting 83% of the vote. In 1995, Mankiller chose not to run again for chief, largely due to health problems. … Read More
1994 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Mankiller and the singer Patsy Cline were among the inductees into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.
1995 49 Years Old A lawsuit was filed by the Cherokee Nation against Mankiller with allegations of embezzlement of tribal funds at the end of her final term in office. The case was regarding $300,000 paid out to tribal officials and department heads who left at the end of her term in 1995. … Read More

FIFTIES

1998 52 Years Old …  In 1998, Bill Clinton awarded Mankiller the Medal of Freedom. … Read More
2004 58 Years Old In 2004, Mankiller co-authored Every Day Is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2006 60 Years Old This law was ruled unconstitutional in 2006 by the Cherokee Nation's Judicial Appeals Tribunal (now called the Cherokee Supreme Court). … Read More
2010 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2010 she was reported to be terminally ill with pancreatic cancer.
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