Wilma Mankiller, the first woman principal chief of the Cherokee Nation and the 1996 recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 in Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University in Syracuse.
Her talk is free and open to the public as part of the University Lectures series.
Mankiller served for two years as the first female elected deputy chief and for 10 years as first female principal chief of the 220,000-member Cherokee Nation.
Her areas of expertise include community development, public relations, tribal governance, leadership, writing, and developing projects including basic infrastructure and services to children and youth.
She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls in 1993, is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is a trustee of the Ford Foundation and the Freedom Forum's Newseum, near Washington, D.C.
She co-edited “A Reader's Companion to the History of Women in the U.S.,” and co-authored “Mankiller: A Chief and Her People.”
Her newest book, “Every Day is a Good Day,” was published in the fall of 2004.