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Indian Times: Former Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller Dies (Apr 10, 2010)
This week on Indian Times, we?ll hear excerpts from Wilma Mankiller?s 2007 Centennial Lecture in the Humanities. Mankiller died last Tuesday from pancreatic cancer. She was an author, a lecturer, and one of the first women to lead a major Native American tribe when she became Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1985. Under her leadership, the tribe tripled in size and developed programs for health maintenance, the Cherokee language and development of job opportunities.

Native American journalist Minnie Two Shoes, one of the founders of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), died on Friday from cancer. She was an Assiniboine Sioux from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. Two Shoes was a publicist for the American Indian Movement from 1970 to 1976. She was many times over a Board member of NAJA and specialized in stories on water rights, air quality and the environment.

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