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Wilma Mankiller

Activist month continues with the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller. Gloria Steinem once said that if our country was more fair this woman would have been President of the United States. Wilma was one of the native peoples who reclaimed and occupied Alcatraz Island for 19 months. Learn about this inspirational and dynamic woman who should be taught in all schools.

Show Notes & Extras

  • This month’s Gal-Pals are: Dr. Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris and Klaire Lockheart
  • Zoom video!!
  • Bonnie already talked about Saudi Arabian Women’s Right to Drive
  • Get to know you question – What activist do you follow or admire most?
  • Angela Davis episode shout out
  • Instagram Transformation Project @SDTransformProj
  • Malala Fund
  • Malala Book Club books in the Gal’s Guide Library
  • Dalai Lama (smile picture below)
  • Leah’s 1 Cool Activist Gal is Wilma Mankiller
  • Introduction to Wilma
  • Early life, born in 1945
  • Dad and mom of mixed race
  • Government relocation program
  • Move to San Francisco
  • 1960’s
  • Indians of All Tribes & Tribal Land Laws
  • Occupation of Alcatraz 1969
  • Radicalized Wilma
  • Fast Forward (so sorry)
  • Car accident
  • Not scared of death
  • The Bell Project
  • 16 miles of water lines
  • Running mate for Chief of the Cherokee people
  • But she’s a woman!
  • Upon Reflection interview (below)
  • Death threats
  • 1983 Swimmer & Mankiller win! Barely!
  • Wilma concentrates on the divide between Mixed Bloods and Full Bloods.
  • Swimmer steps down
  • First Female Chief of the Cherokee Nation!
  • Ran in on her own in 1987 won with 56%
  • Ran again in 1991 and won by 82%
  • Fast forward
  • Cherokee was mostly women
  • Sexism example in the Cherokee people
  • South Dakota parallels
  • Exterminate the Brutes Trailer below
  • Why we have pointed shoes
  • Potential History – Unlearning Imperialism by Ariella Azoulay (Amazon)
  • If you’d like to donate a copy to the library (donate info)
  • When it was time for Wilma to leave politics.



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