In the Summer of 2006 I had the unbelievable good fortune to hear Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, speak at a conference and her words have stuck with me ever since.
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I had just graduated from the University of Arizona and was bumbling my way through one of my first jobs when I was sent to the Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
|Wilma Mankiller was an unbelievably accomplished person. She was a published author and respected lecturer, she held 18 honorary degrees (several of which were from Ivy League Schools), she was inducted into both the National and International Women's Hall of Fame and was one of the few Native Americans to ever receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.|
"How did you get out?"
Rest in Power, Wilma Mankiller-bat. You continue to inspire.
About the photo:
Wilma Mankiller and I at the WEWIN Conference in 2006.