[2015] Alyssa Muttillo: Wilma Mankiller

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[2015] Alyssa Muttillo: Wilma Mankiller

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Wilma Mankiller

Born: November 18, 1945Died: April 6, 2010

Alyssa Muttillo


"Prior to my election, young Cherokeee girls whould never have thought that they might grow up and become chief"Wilma Mankiller

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus"Galatans 3: 26-29

"The freedom that was gained must be ratified each day by the firm rejection of whatever wounds, weakens or dishonors human life. And so I appeal to all who love freedom and justice to give a chance to all in need... break open...the hopeless cycles of prejudices that linger on despite enormous progress toward effective equality in education and employment"Brothers and Sisters to Us (1979)

Social Justice Work- As the first female leader of the Cherokee people, Mankiller focused on improving the nation's government, and health-care and education systems. She sought for all members of her tribe to be in communion with eachother. -While in office, Mankiler created a job center, increased the number of tribal health cinics, and brught jobs and businesses to the Cherokee jurisdiction. Working towards equality, Mankiller sought for everyone to have the same opportunities to succeed. -She created summer programs for young people and adult literacy. This would allow them to advance in society and spread God's saving word. -Mankiller assisted a program that assigned career mentors to Native American women at a boarding schoool. This program was designed to bolster self-confidence and opportunities for Native American girls. -Her administration focused on the high unemployment rate and low levels of education on the reservation

Social Justice Work, Part 2- Her administration also improved community healthcare and developed the economy of northeastern Oklahoma-She spent much of her time writing grants for health and education programs, including the Cherokee Home Health Agency and Head Start.- Mankiller worked as an activist for Womens Rights. She spoke out against violence against women and called for equal treatment. -After leaving office, she continued her activism on behalf of Native Americans and women. She was working towards a just society where everyone would be treated equally. - Mankiller had a difficult childhood and she had many health issues; however, she still concerned herself with the well-beings of others. This is what God calls for all of his children to do. Despite all adversity, we are called to serve one another and create a just society


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