Mankiller ranks on Glamour’s important women list
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Late former Principal Chief Wilma P. Mankiller ranks No. 48, between Oprah Winfrey at No. 47 and Meryl Streep at No. 49, in Glamour magazine’s “The 75 Most Important Women of the Past 75 Years” list.
She is on the list among women such as first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, activist Rosa Parks and author and activist Gloria Steinem. According to the magazine’s description, Mankiller’s placement was justified because “in 1985 she became the first woman to lead a major Native American tribe – and doubled employment while in office.”
Mankiller served the Cherokee Nation as deputy chief starting in 1983, serving alongside Principal Chief Ross Swimmer. In 1985, Swimmer resigned from the position, which opened the gate for Mankiller to take the reins.
She became the first female principal chief of the CN and was elected in her own campaign in 1987. She was re-elected in 1991. Mankiller served the Cherokee people for three terms and decided to not run in 1995 because of health problems.
Mankiller died on April 6, 2010, at her home in rural Adair County from pancreatic cancer.
She won several awards, including the John W. Gardner Leadership award and Ms. Magazine’s Women of the Year in 1987. She was also inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
She wrote her first book MANKILLER: A Chief and Her People, an autobiography that ranked on the national bestseller list. She went on to co-author EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women.
In 2013, the feature film THE CHEROKEE WORD FOR WATER was released. It tells the story of the Bell waterline project that Mankiller and Charlie Soap worked on, which helped launch her political career and began the friendship with Soap that ended in marriage.
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ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏔᏅ Wilma Mankiller ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏛ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏧᏁᎳ, ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᎿ Oprah Winfrey ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏛ ᎠᎴ Meryl Streep ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏐᏁᎵᏁᎢ, ᎾᎿ ᏧᏃᏚᎯ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎨᏥᎸᏉᏓ ᏕᎪᏪᎸᎢ ᎪᏪᎵᎢ “ᎾᎿ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎾᎿ ᏃᏧᎶᏒ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ” ᏕᎪᏪᎸᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏙᎥ ᎪᏪᎳ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᏚᎾᏙᎥ ᏕᎪᏪᎸ ᏯᏛᎾ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎦᏙᎩ ᎠᎨᏯ Eleanor Roosevelt, activist Rosa Parks ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ activist Gloria Steinem.
ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏕᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ Mankiller’s ᎠᎪᏪᎸ ᎣᏏ ᎠᏰᎸᏅ ᎨᏒ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ “ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᏁᎵᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎦᏙᎩ ᎠᎨᏯ ᏥᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏗᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏴᏢᎢ--ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏗ ᎤᏂᏁᏉᏨ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᏯᎥᎢ.”
Mankiller ᎤᎴᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎦᏙᎬ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏁᎵᏍᎪ ᏦᎢ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎤᎴᏅᎲᎢ, ᎤᎾᎵᎪᎯᏃ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎦᏙᎩ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Ross Swimmer. ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏁᎳᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, ᎠᏓᏬᏍᎩ ᎤᏑᎳᎪᏨ ᎤᏎᏒᎲ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ, ᎾᎿᏃ ᎤᎵᏍᏚᎢᏒ Mankiller ᎤᎴᏗ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ.
ᎾᎯᏳ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᎾᏑᏱᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏙᎩᏯᏛ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏁᎵᏍᎪ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ. ᏃᏊᎴ ᎤᎾᏑᏱᏏᏌᏅ ᏐᏁᎳᏛ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏐᏁᎳᏍᎪ ᏌᏊ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ. Mankiller ᎣᏍᏓ ᏂᏚᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎾᎿ ᏦᎢ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏚᏭᎪᏔᏅ ᎤᏙᎩᏯᏍᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏛ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏐᏁᎳᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏓᏂᎶᏍᎬᎢ.
Mankiller ᎤᏲᎱᏒ ᎧᏬᏂ ᏑᏓᎵᏁ, ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, ᏧᏪᏅᏒ ᎦᏫᎦᎦᎶ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎬ ᏄᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ.
ᎢᎸᏍᎦ ᏚᎾᏌᏍᏛ ᏧᏴᏒᏅ ᎨᏒ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ John W.Gardner ᏗᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᎠᏌᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ Ms. Magazine’s Woman ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏁᎳᏍᎪ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ. ᎠᎴᏗᏍᏊ ᎠᎨᎳᏛ ᎾᎿ National Woman’s Hall of Fame, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame ᎠᎴ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ Hall of Fame.
ᎢᎬᏱ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎤᏬᏪᎳᏅ MANKILLER: ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏤᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ, ᎤᏩᏌ ᎤᎴᏂᏙᎸ ᎤᏓᏃᎮᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏗᏂᎾᏕᎦ ᏕᎪᏪᎸ ᎤᏙᏪᎳᏅ. ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏓ ᎪᏪᎳᏅ EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY: ᏄᏍᏛ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ.
ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏦᎦᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ, ᎤᎾᏓᏴᎳᏙᏗ ᎤᏃᏢᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᎠᎹ ᏧᏙᎩᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏚᏂᏲᏒᎢ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ. ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎭᎸᏂ ᎠᎹ ᏧᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᏫᏗᎦᎷᎩ ᏴᏫ ᏓᏂᏁᎸ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎾᎿ Mankiller ᎠᎴ Charlie Soap ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ, ᎤᏍᏕᎸᎲᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏙᎩᏯᏛ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᎲ ᎠᎾᎵᎢᏲᎬ Wilma ᎠᎴ Charlie ᏫᎬᎾᏁᎳᏗᏍᎩ.
ᎠᎪᎵᏱᏗ Glamour magazines “ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎶᏒ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ” ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏪᏓᏍᏗᎢ,