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Wilma Mankiller

Mankiller in 2001
Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation
In office
Preceded by Ross Swimmer
Succeeded by Joe Byrd
Personal details
Born Wilma Pearl Mankiller
(1945-11-18)November 18, 1945
Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States
Died April 6, 2010(2010-04-06) (aged 64)
Adair County, Oklahoma, United States
Cause of death Pancreatic cancer
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Hector Hugo Olaya de Bardi (m. 1963–77)
Charlie Soap (m. 1986)
Children 2
Alma mater Skyline College, San Francisco State University
Occupation Writer, author, tribal chief

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.
Wilma Mankiller
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.
Wilma Mankiller
I've run into more discrimination as a woman than as an Indian.
Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward.
Wilma Mankiller
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.
Wilma Mankiller
The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.
America would be a better place if leaders would do more long-term thinking.
Wilma Mankiller
We must trust our own thinking. Trust where we’re going. And get the job done.
Wilma Mankiller
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.
Wilma Mankiller
Prior to my election, young Cherokee girls would never have thought that they might grow up and become chief.
Wilma Mankiller
Growth is a painful process.
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.
Wilma Mankiller
I want to be remembered as the person who helped us restore faith in ourselves.
Wilma Mankiller