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Chief Wilma Mankiller, First female Cherokee Nation Chief Dies at age 64

On behalf of the National Indian Education Association, it is with heartfelt sympathy that our condolences are extended to the family of former Chief Wilma Mankiller and the Cherokee Nation.

Chief Mankiller’s unwavering vision and compassionate leadership has been demonstrated many times as Native people strive to achieve self sufficiency.

Her legacy will continue to inspire the vision of NIEA as we work to advance Indian education in Indian country.

It is with pride Native children have culturally responsive books and materials in their classrooms and libraries with positive Native role models inspired by people such as Chief Mankiller.

We join Indian Country in the mourning of Chief Mankiller, truly a wonderful leader who inspired the world.

– Patricia L. Whitefoot, President of the National Indian Education Association.

Article submitted by http://www.NewsForNatives.com

Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday. She was 64.

The Oklahoma native served as chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1985 to 1995, and was the first female to do so, and in 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Chief Wilma MankillerMankiller spoke at OU in October at an American Indian symposium. She said Native American studies programs should partner with native communities to develop models that improve education, health, government and leadership among tribes.

“We need to chart a new course for the future,” Mankiller said. “Things have changed, so we need to change.”

Mankiller made a lasting mark on the state and the nation, OU President David Boren said.

“She helped all Americans understand the need to preserve the basic values of community and stewardship which are central to Native American culture,” Boren said by e-mail. “Above all, through her example she taught us the power of kindness and how to live and die with dignity.”

President Barack Obama said he was saddened to hear of her passing.

“Her legacy will continue to encourage and motivate all who carry on her work,” Obama said in a press release. “Michelle and I offer our condolences to Wilma’s family, especially her husband Charlie and two daughters, Gina and Felicia, as well as the Cherokee Nation and all those who knew her and were touched by her good works.”

Obama said Mankiller improved relations between American Indians and the federal government, and inspired American Indian girls to lead and speak out.


Reverend Philip C. “Father Allen”

The Reverend Philip C. “Father Allen”Allen age 75, of Mpls., died March 22, 2010. Father Allen, an Oglala Lakota, was born on March 18, 1935 at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He was educated in public schools while living in homes operated by the Episcopal Church, including Bishop Hare Boys’ Home in Mission, South Dakota. He graduated from Black Hills State College in 1959, and Yale Divinity School in 1962. He was conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1992 for work done to advance the cause of Native American ministries throughout and beyond the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota. He spent his ministry primarily in the Indian mission field, including the Dioceses of South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, Utah and Navajoland. He served on numerous national committees for the Episcopal Church, including the National Executive Council and the Coalition for Human Needs Commission, through which he helped implement a new model for Indian ministries. He was instrumental in the discernment, formation and ordination of Native American priests throughout Indian country, including eleven priests in Minnesota. Preceded in death by wife, Helen; brother, Donald; parents, Martin & Blossom. Survived by children, Susan (Vivian), Joseph (Rebecca) and Martha; 6 grandchildren; 5 great- grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Service Saturday, March 27, 2010, 2:00 PM, Cathedral Church of St. Marks, 519 Oak Grove. Visitation Friday, 5:00 PM going all night at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3044 Longfellow Ave. Interment Monday, March 29th, 2:00 PM in Mission, SD. Memorials to grandchildren’s education fund.

Pidamaya Brad Sumpter.

Brad is a amazing man, without him we would have no website. I can call him and he’s there to help. He never hears thank you, because he does everything behind the scenes. So I want to say a BIG Thank You to Brad from the Mendota members, and from all of the people who have come to our site. Sharon

Marie Winona Nordin has passed away.

Marie Winona Nordin

Member of the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska Age 97 Passed away peacefully on December 31, 2009 with family around her. Preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Nordin; daughter, Clarice Gombold (Jerry); son, Theodore Nordin Jr. (Kathy); and grand-children, Jerry Brunkhorst & Jerry Stanley. Survived by 5 children, Donna Schweitzberger Freeman (Del), Yvonne Taylor (Duane), Roxanne Hop (Bob), Connie Blaisdell (Alvin), & Wayne Nordin (Mary); numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren. Marie was a proud and wonderful woman. She was very much loved and respected by friends and family and will be greatly missed. MEMORIAL MASS 11 AM., Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at THE CHURCH OF ST. PETER, 1405 Sibley Mem’l Hwy.; Mendota. GATHERING OF FAMILY & FRIENDS one-hour prior to the Mass at church. Inurnment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Wilder Foundation. 651-457-6200