Wilma Mankiller - Quotes

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The secret of our success is that we never, never give up. ---->>>

Everybody is sitting around saying, 'Well, jeez, we need somebody to solve this problem of bias.' That somebody is us. We all have to try to figure out a better way to get along. ---->>>

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future when making decisions that affect the people. ---->>>

There are a whole lot of historical factors that have played a part in our being where we are today, and I think that to even to begin to understand our contemporary issues and contemporary problems, you have to understand a little bit about that history. ---->>>

We must trust our own thinking. Trust where we're going. And get the job done.

We must trust our own thinking. Trust where we're going. And get the job done.

Prior to my election, young Cherokee girls would never have thought that they might grow up and become chief. ---->>>

Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward. ---->>>

I don't think anybody anywhere can talk about the future of their people or of an organization without talking about education. Whoever controls the education of our children controls our future.

I don't think anybody anywhere can talk about the future of their people or of an organization without talking about education. Whoever controls the education of our children controls our future.

A lot of young girls have looked to their career paths and have said they'd like to be chief. There's been a change in the limits people see. ---->>>

I want to be remembered as the person who helped us restore faith in ourselves. ---->>>

I've run into more discrimination as a woman than as an Indian. ---->>>

America would be a better place if leaders would do more long-term thinking. ---->>>

Growth is a painful process. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Cherokee
Born: 11-18, 1945
Birthplace:
Die: 2010-04-06
Occupation: Statesman
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Wilma Pearl Mankiller (November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010) was a community organizer and the first woman elected to serve as chief of the Cherokee Nation. A liberal member of the Democratic Party, she served as principal chief for ten years from 1985 to 1995. She was the author of a national-bestselling autobiography, Mankiller: A Chief and Her People and co-authored Every Day Is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women (wikipedia)