From the Facebook page of Joy Harjo: "Beloved Wilma Mankiller has left us for the next part of the journey. No words. Only a song for her safe journey. And a song so that we make it through our grief."
Wilma Pearl Mankiller (November 18, 1945 - April 6, 2010) has died of pancreatic cancer. She was the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. She served as the Principal Chief for ten years from 1985 to 1995.