This Day In History: 2017-09-21
September 21, 2004 – “National Museum of the American Indian Opens”“The National Museum of the American Indian opened in Washington, D.C. It contains one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of Native American artificats and history. The museum actually has three facilities – one in D.C., another in New York City and a third in Suitland, Maryland. The foundations for the present collection were first established at the Museum of the American Indian in New York City, which has been open since 1916.”
November 18, 1945 - "Wilma Mankiller, First Female Chief of the Cherokee Nation, is Born"
Wilma Mankiller, who served as the Chief of the Cherokee Nation for ten years from 1985 to 1995, was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. In 1985, Mankiller became the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Before serving in this capacity, she served as the deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation for two years, getting elected to the post in 1983. Mankiller became the Chief when Ross Swimmer died in 1985, but was elected to the post in 1987 and then reelected in 1991. Under the U.S. federal policy of Native American self-determination, Mankiller improved federal-tribal negotiations.