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Betty Mae Tiger Jumper

(1923-2011)

 

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Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, also known as Jumper_Betty_Mae_--_BookPotackee (Seminole) was the first and only female chief of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Jumper became the first Seminole to read and write English, graduate from high school, to become a nurse, to bring white medicine to her people.  She co-founded the tribe's first newspaper in 1956, the Seminole News, winning a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native American Journalists Association. In 2001 she published her memoir, entitled A Seminole Legend. in 1993 she was the first Native American to be named to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame.