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The Richard Oakes Multicultural Cultural Center (ROMC) at the Cesar Chavez Student
Chavez Student Center honors the life and legacy of Dr. Wilma Mankiller. Dr.
Mankiller was an SFSU hall of fame alumna, scholar, Native American activist and
women’s rights heroine. She served as the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee
Nation of Oklahoma from 1985-1995. Mankiller passed away at age 64, on April 6,
Among Mankiller’s many successes, she oversaw the substantial revitalization of the
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, including several new free-standing health clinics, and an
$11 million Job Corps Center, greatly expanding services for children and youth. She
also led the team that developed the core of what’s now known as Cherokee Nation
Enterprises. In 1969, she participated in the Alcatraz occupation. In 1998, she was
awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.
Her published works include:
Hurtado, Albert L., editor. Mankiller, Wilma Pearl, introduction. Reflections on
American Indian History: Honoring the Past, Building a Future. Norman: University of
Oklahoma Press, 2008. ISBN 0806138963.
Mankiller, Wilma, Vine Deloria, Jr., and Gloria Steinem. Every Day Is a Good
Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women. Golden, CO: Fulcrum
Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1-55591-516-7
Mankiller, Wilma and Michael Wallis. Mankiller: A Chief and Her People. New York:
St. Martin's Press, 1999. ISBN 0-312-20662-3
Smith, Barbara, Gloria Steinem, Gwendolyn Mink, Marysa Navarro, and Wilma
Mankiller, editors. A Reader's Companion to the History of Women in the U.S. Boston.
Mariner Books, 1999. ISBN 0-395-67173-6
Kauger, Yvonne, Richard Du Bey, Wilma Pearl Mankiller, Judy A. Zelio.
Promoting Effective State-Tribal Relations: A Dialogue. National Conference of State
Legislatures: 1990. ISBN 1555169759.
Mankiller, Wilma P. The Chief Cooks: Traditional Cherokee Recipes. Muskogee,
OK: Hoffman Printing Company, 1988. ASIN B000728364.
Dr. Wilma Mankiller touched the lives of people all over the world with her wisdom and
guiding vision. Her exemplary Cherokee leadership, her strong Native American
advocacy, and her expansive work in the women’s rights movement have inspired us all.
Her spirit of determination, grace, humility, and decisiveness will always be remembered.