Native Village Youth and Education News
Wilma Mankiller: First Woman Cherokee
Former Cherokee Chief Wilma
Mankiller was honored by AARP this
summer as one of the nation’s
extraordinary older women. Mankiller, 63, looked
back 40 years to share her experiences.
Wilma became the first member of her
family to attend college. After years of
activism and working for her tribe,
Wilma was elected Principal Chief of the
Cherokee Nations in the 1980s.
During her decade of leadership, she
promoted health clinics, youth programs,
and other projects to improve
infrastructure and foster development.
She now spends time encouraging greater philanthropic participation in Native American issues and organization.“ My primary message is that native women share some of the same challenges as other women but there are also differences,” she said. "My concept of women’s role has dramatically changed and deepened over the course of the past four decades. When I was young, women were not expected to become senators, run major corporations, or even become president of the United States."
According to the National Congress of
American Indians, the number of top
women leaders has almost doubled in the
past few years. They cite education,
professional work experience, increased
divorce rates and single-home parents
have compelled women to enhance
managerial skills and community
more about Wilma and her involvement
with The International Council of
Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.
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