Today I received the 26th April 2010 issue of Time, which in the Milestones column reported the death of Wilma Mankiller, the first principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. She died in her home in Adair County, Oklahoma on 6 April 2010.
Mankiller served as principal chief from 1985 to 1995, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998 and was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.
Wilma Pearl Mankiller was born at Tahlequay, Oklahoma on 18 November 1945 as the sixth of eleven children of Charley Mankiller (1914-1971) and Clara Irene Sitton (b. 1921). Mankiller had 2 girls, Felicia Olaya and Gina Olaya, by her first husband, Hector Hugo Olaya de Bardi from Ecuador. Her second husband, Charlie Soap, survives her.
- Cherokee Nation website 6 April 2010
- The Washington Post 7 April 2010
- Los Angeles Times (AP) 8 April 2010