I want my family and friends to know that I am mentally and spiritually prepared for this journey; a journey that all human beings will take at one time or another. I learned a long time ago that I can’t control the challenges the Creator sends my way but I can control the way I think about them and deal with them.
On balance, I have been blessed with an extraordinarily rich and wonderful life, filled with incredible experiences. And I am grateful to have a support team composed of loving family and friends.
Mankiller, now sixty-four, was the deputy chief in 1985 when Ross Swimmer resigned as principal chief to join the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington; she won the tribal election in her own right in 1987, and was reelected in 1991.