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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) – Former Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller has been named Northeastern State University’s first Sequoyah Institute Fellow.

University President Don Betz introduced Mankiller during a ceremony Sept. 4. Her office will be on the university’s main campus

in Tahlequah.

A former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Mankiller plans to use her post to look at intellectual, economic and cultural achievements of American Indians. She says she also wants to explore leadership for women and indigenous people.

Mankiller served as the Cherokee chief from December 1985 until retiring in 1995. At the time she assumed office, she was the first female chief of a major American Indian tribe. The Cherokees are based in Tahlequah.

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