Mankiller: A Chief and Her People

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In this autobiography, Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation, tells not only her personal story, but honors and recounts the complex history of the Cherokees. Mankiller's life unfolds against the backdrop of the dawning American Indian civil rights struggle. This new edition completely updates Mankiller's life after 1994; since then she has stepped down as Chief of the Cherokee Nation, survived several life-threatening operations, and has won the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian ...
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Overview

In this autobiography, Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation, tells not only her personal story, but honors and recounts the complex history of the Cherokees. Mankiller's life unfolds against the backdrop of the dawning American Indian civil rights struggle. This new edition completely updates Mankiller's life after 1994; since then she has stepped down as Chief of the Cherokee Nation, survived several life-threatening operations, and has won the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. In a new afterword, Mankiller recounts the tumultuous personal events over those years, including her second kidney transplant, as well as the political struggles of the Cherokee Nation that have made national news.

In her compelling story, Mankiller describes both the triumphs and hardships of being the first female chief of a large tribe. She honors and recounts Cherokee history, including the historic Trail of Tears, and tells of her own family's relocation when she was only 10 years old. 32 pages of photos.

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Wilma Mankiller has been the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation since 1985. She tells her personal story (her political awakening came during the 1970 occupation of Alcatraz Island), interwoven with the complex history of the Cherokee Nation. Includes photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Autonomy is achieved, Mankiller teaches us, only when it happens simultaneously in the life of the individual and the life of a people."—Susan Faludi

"Here is a strong and well-told story of survival and it is told with honesty and eloquence."—N. Scott Momaday

"Public servants everywhere can learn something from Chief Wilma Mankiller's story."—Governor Ann Richards

"Chief Mankiller tells a story of a modern tribe that is carrying the Cherokee traditions into the future."—U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell

"Wilma Mankiller is someone I feel I've known in this lifetime and many lifetimes before. I recognize in her the greatest beauty, dignity, and truthfulness."—Alice Walker

"As one woman's journey, Mankiller opens the heart. As the history of a people, it informs the mind. Together, it teaches us that, as long as people like Wilma Mankiller carry the flame within them, centuries of ignorance and genocide cannot extinguish the human spirit."—Gloria Steinem

"[Wilma Mankiller] is a colorful, intelligent advocate for all of America's indigenous peoples."—The Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312113933
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilma Mankiller was Chief of the Cherokee Nation for over ten years. She lives in Oklahoma.

Michael Wallis is an award-winning historian of the Old West and author of Route 66: The Mother Road.

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