Cherokee Barbie: Fitting or misguided tribute for Wilma Mankiller? – cnn hollywood

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An iconic chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller, inspired countless Native American children as a powerful but humble leader who expanded early education and rural healthcare.

Her reach is now broadening with a quintessential American honor: a Barbie doll in Ms. Mankiller’s likeness as part of toymaker Mattel’s “Inspiring Women” series.

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A public ceremony for Ms. Mankiller, who died in 2010, occurred Dec. 4 in Tahlequah in northeast Oklahoma, where the Cherokee Nation is headquartered.

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