Native American Heritage
When recognizing contributions to our country, the First Americans must be remembered.
- First American dancer to become a prima ballerina;
- Overcame skepticism about whether a Native American could achieve greatness in classical ballet
Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief was born on an Indian reservation in Fairfax, Oklahoma in 1925. Her mother was of Irish and Scottish descent and her father was a member of the Osage tribe.
Native American community activist, tribal chief and tribal legislator Wilma Mankiller served her people as a Cherokee Chief from 1985-95, making her the first woman to lead a major tribe. …