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Valerie Jackson In Conversation: Wilma Mankiller

In this Sept. 19, 1996 file photo, Wilma Mankiller, former Cherokee Nation chief, speaks during a news conference  in Tulsa, Okla. Mankiller, was one of the few women ever to lead a major American Indian tribe, died Tuesday April 6, 2010 after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 64.
In this Sept. 19, 1996 file photo, Wilma Mankiller, former Cherokee Nation chief, speaks during a news conference in Tulsa, Okla. Mankiller, was one of the few women ever to lead a major American Indian tribe, died Tuesday April 6, 2010 after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 64.
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Valerie Jackson talks with executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and director Valerie Red-Horse Mohl about their upcoming film release, “Mankiller.”

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The film celebrates the life of Wilma Mankiller. Mankiller was the first woman to be elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.