Before the English came to what is now the United States, Cherokee women and men shared the leadership of the tribe. This created balance. But the English colonists told the Native People that men should be in charge.
It stayed that way for many years, until Wilma Pearl Mankiller made history. She had to convince her people that the chief should be the best person for the job, man or woman. She used the concept of gaduji, of everyone helping each other, to make the Cherokee Nation strong. And in 1985, Mankiller became the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
This Level 3 biography from the Step Into Reading series, which features both spot illustrations and photographs, is a compelling introduction to a trailblazing leader, perfect for newly independent readers who are ready to read high-interest books on their own.