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Mattel unveiled a new Wilma Mankiller doll Nov. 7 as part of its Barbie Inspiring Women Series. An advocate for Indigenous issues and women, Mankiller was the first woman to serve as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. (Photo courtesy of Mattel)

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A Cherokee Barbie named Mankiller
Groundbreaking Cherokee chief is now featured in Mattel’s ‘Inspiring Women’ collection

Mattel, the Barbie doll maker, unveiled its latest incarnation Nov. 7, with Mankiller as the first real-life Native woman to be featured in the Barbie “Inspiring Women” series.

By Sandra Hale Schulman, Indian Country Today November 14, 2023