Wilma Mankiller Walks On

From Tsalagi Think Tank:

This message just went out to tribal employees at Cherokee Nation.  Please lift up Wilma’s family in your prayers.  Unbelievably huge loss for the Cherokee Nation.

Our personal and national hearts are heavy with sorrow and sadness with the passing this morning of Wilma Mankiller, our former Principal Chief.  We feel overwhelmed and lost when we realize she has left us but we should reflect on what legacy she leaves us. We are better people and a stronger tribal nation because her example of Cherokee leadership, statesmanship, humility, grace, determination and decisiveness.  When we become disheartened, we will be inspired by remembering how Wilma proceeded undaunted through so many trials and tribulations. Years ago, she and her husband Charlie Soap showed the world what Cherokee people can do when given the chance, when they organized the self-help water line in the Bell community She said Cherokees in that community learned that it was their choice, their lives, their community and their future. Her gift to us is the lesson that our lives and future are for us to decide. We can carry on that Cherokee legacy by teaching our children that lesson.  Please keep Charlie, Gina and Felicia in your prayers.  Wilma asked that any gifts in her honor be made as donations to One Fire Development Corporation, a non-profit dedicated to advancing Native American communities though economic development, and to valuing the wisdom that exists within each of the diverse tribal communities around the world.  Tax deductible donations can be made at http://www.wilmamankiller.com as well as http://www.onefiredevelopment.org.   The mailing address for One Fire Development Corporation is 1220 Southmore  Houston, TX 77004.   Details of her memorial service will be forthcoming.

Check http://www.cherokee.org for news on services.

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2 Responses to Wilma Mankiller Walks On

  1. J. Buffalo Moreno says:

    It has been said, that, “Art is Created so that we can know we are not alone.” When I heard her play her flute at a Grammy function in S.F. a couple of years ago, that was exactly what I felt. Creator walked with her in song. She is sure to bless the the Ancestors. Blessings to the her loved ones, and the entire Cherokee Nation. Teuacatecamta Liotah aho.

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