Posted on June 4, 2022 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When Cherokee Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller died in 2010, her known accomplishments were astounding on their own.

So to discover she had even more to offer the world, over a decade after her death, was almost unbelievable for self-described "poem-chaser" Frances McCue.

McCue is co-founder of Pulley Press, which will publish Mankiller Poems: The lost poetry of the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation next week.

(Also coming out that week: a quarter with Mankiller's likeness on it.)

McCue discovered the poetry thanks to a friend who was also working with Mankiller's widower, who thought there might be some poems among Mankiller's boxes of papers.

She describes, in parallel, her journey to Mankiller's poems along with Mankiller's rise from a relocated Native child to leader of her people, at Indian Country Today.

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