RCCA to screen ‘Mankiller’ documentary on June 10

BY STAFF REPORTS
06/05/2018 02:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Former Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller reads to students in a classroom in the 1980s. The Rogers County Cherokee Association, in partnership with the Will Rogers Memorial, will screen “Mankiller,” a documentary about her at 2 p.m. on June 10 at the memorial in Claremore. COURTESY
CLAREMORE – The Rogers County Cherokee Association, in partnership with the Will Rogers Memorial for the June Milam Lecture Series, will screen “Mankiller,” a documentary about former Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller at 2 p.m. on June 10 at the Will Rogers Memorial Theater.

Mankiller’s daughters, Felicia and Gina Olaya, will provide a prologue to the film and answer questions following the film.

The event is free and open to the public with a ticket. To guarantee a seat in the theater, go to eventbrite.com. For directions to the Will Rogers Memorial Theater, visit http://www.willrogers.com.

Mankiller overcame sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman principal chief in 1985.

As a child, her family was relocated from Oklahoma to San Francisco during the 1960s where she became involved in the fight for civil rights and joined the Alcatraz Occupation.

Mankiller brought this passion back to her people where she was re-elected for two terms to serve as the Cherokee’s highest leader, laying foundations for the current Nation’s economic and cultural status as one of the most successful tribes in America. Although she considered herself a liberal democrat, as deputy chief she served under a conservative Republican and was known to unite diverse peoples. She launched initiatives that improved living conditions during her tenure, and in 1990 she signed an unprecedented CN self-determination agreement with the federal government, in which the Nation took control of its funding, programs and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Medal of Freedom. An activist for women’s rights, Mankiller was cited by the organizers of the January 2017 Women’s March on Washington as one of the most important leaders in America’s movement for equality.

To learn more about “Mankiller,” visit mankillerdoc.com.

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