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Wilma Pearl Mankiller was the first-ever woman elected to serve as the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. She was a Native American Cherokee activist, social worker, and community developer who was an integral part in the improvement of everyday life for Native Americans in the United States. She worked hard for decades to ensure that their cultural heritage would not be lost to future generations. Her many years of incredible hard work earned her the Drum Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Five Civilized Tribes.

In 2022 Wilma Mankiller was the third woman to be honored in the American Women Quarter Series by the United States mint.

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