Posted by: gdevi | April 8, 2010

Obituary: Chief Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010)

Cherokee Nation Chief and Indian activist Wilma Mankiller has passed away of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“Our personal and national hearts are heavy with sorrow and sadness with the passing this morning of Wilma Mankiller,” said Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation in a statement released by the tribe. “We feel overwhelmed and lost when we realize she has left us but we should reflect on what legacy she leaves us. We are better people and a stronger tribal nation because her example of Cherokee leadership, statesmanship, humility, grace, determination and decisiveness.”

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