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By Julie Reed
Penn State 

Wilma Mankiller, first female principal chief of Cherokee Nation, led with compassion and continues to inspire today

 

November 25, 2022



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(THE CONVERSATION) If you fish in your pocket or purse for a U.S. quarter today, there's a chance you'll see Wilma Mankiller's face. She was the Cherokee Nation's first female principal chief, and she inspired generations of Cherokees and young Native people like me.

In 2022, Mankiller was one of the first women honored by appearing on a series of quarters, along with renowned poet and activist Maya Angelou and physicist and astronaut Sally Ride. Mankiller's quarter, issued in t...



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