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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.
"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