Wilma Mankiller

As the powerful, visionary first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller, was responsible for 139,000 people and a $69 million budget. Wilma Mankiller spent her formative years in San Francisco, where she learned about the women's movement and organizing. When she returned to her native Oklahoma, Wilma Mankiller used her skills to help the Cherokee Nation, starting community self-help programs and teaching people ways out of poverty.