Today’s Women’s History Month illustration is of Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. She served as principal chief from 1985 to 1995. Under her administration, the Cherokee Nation saw an increase of citizens from 55,000 to 156,000. In office, she focused on improving the Nation’s government, healthcare and education systems. She also improved the relationship between the Cherokee Nation and the federal government. After leaving office, she remained an activist for Native American and women’s rights.
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