Valerie Red-Horse Mohl Shows Her Documentary About Wilma Mankiller and Talks About It at CWRU

Tue 3/26 @ 6PM

Wilma Mankiller led an a life of activism, raised among advocacy-minded family, finding herself first as an activist in California, and then organizing and championing the Cherokee reservation on which she grew up and later lived. Eventually, she became the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. In this position, Mankiller centered on education, job training and healthcare for her people.

Mankiller is a documentary that tells the story of Wilma and serves as a wake up call to action and positive change. A free viewing will be open to the public on Tue 3/26 @ 6pm in Case Western Reserve University Tinkham Veale University Center. Light refreshments will be served.

The director, Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, will lead a discussion post-showing to further examine Mankiller’s legacy, reflect on her own work of storytelling, her company’s role as the preeminent collaborator with Native American nations, and the need for women in leadership.

This film comes into conversation at an important a time as ever — when women and people of color are stepping forward to take on political roles, and being voted in by their peers and communities.

This event is presented by Case Western Reserve University, but involves a huge collaborative effort with the co-sponsors listed below . Rsvp at

Co-sponsors: YWCA Greater Cleveland, The Lake Erie Native American Council, and from CWRU: SJI, CCEL, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, LGBT Center, Kelvin Smith Library, and the Ellipsis Institute for Women of Color in the Academy.

[Written by Jenna Thomas]

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