The Morning Call from Allentown, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1985 · 34
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The Morning Call from Allentown, Pennsylvania · 34

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Saturday, December 7, 1985
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A 34 THE MORNING CALl. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, TO5 I NATION l Wilma Mankiller: new Cherokee chief By JACK ELLIOTT Of The Associated Press TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Wilma Mankiller, sworn in Thursday as the first woman to head a major U.S. Indian tribe, says she's excited about her new job and the chance to try to break "the circle of poverty" among Cherokees. Mankiller became principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, succeeding Ross Swimmer, who held the post for 10 years before being confirmed Wednesday as head of the federal Bureau of Indian Af fairs. "The only people a little worried are my family, and they're worried about the time I'll spend on the job. They're expecting an over-tired, overworked mom," Mankiller said about her two children. "My grandson now he thinks it's great that grandmother is a chief." Mankiller said she had received much support in her new job leading the 68,000-member tribe. Only the Navajo Nation in Arizona, with 150,000 members, is larger. 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Mankiller, 40, becomes the tribe's spokeswoman and overseer of a $30 million annual budget that includes scores of small businesses, manufacturing ventures and a social and community service empire in 14 counties of northeastern Oklahoma, and an annual payroll that tops $9 million a year. She describes the Cherokee Nation as "scholars not warriors" with economic and social roots in Oklahoma as deep as the memories of the 1,200-mile "Trail of Tears," which brought the Cherokees to the Oklahoma territory in the winter of 1838. "We are staffed with professionals educators, physicians, attorneys, businessmen," she said in an earlier interview. "Our history has been one of organization and personal and economic development." Mankiller will complete the two years remaining on Swimmer's term and said she intends to run for her own four-year term in 1987. Formal installation ceremonies are scheduled for Dec. 14 in Tahlequah. "We were going to wait," she said. "But after talking to Ross and other tribe leaders, we decided to have the private ceremony and get me sworn in so I could begin some official acts. "I'm excited, very excited," she said, but added, "I don't expect it'll be anything other than business as usual." She had been waiting about two months as the Senate did not take immediate action on President Reagan's Sept 28 nomination of Swimmer to be an assistant Sec- "' -7 iflr ) V '- - iiiiii: Wilma Mankiller . . .heads 2nd largest Indian tribe retary of the Interior, a job encompassing the BIA position. Mankiller was elected deputy principal chief in 1983 after four years as the tribe's top economic developer and planner. She heads the 15-member Tribal Council, the ruling body of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Crediting Swimmer with many ad- vances of the tribe, she said she'd pursue his efforts to spread Cherokee business expertise into rural communities. 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