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Florida Women Who Have Made History: Betty Mae Tiger Jumper

Updated: Mar 20, 2023

Betty Mae Tiger Jumper has numerous honorifics: the first female chief of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, founder of one of the most prominent groups which advocates for indigenous peoples (USET), member of the 1970 National Congress on Indian Opportunity, nurse, author, storyteller, and more. She is a member of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctorate from Florida State University.

After her death in 2011, Mitchell Cypress, chairman of the Seminole Tribe, commented: "Not only will our tribe feel the loss of Betty Mae, but so will all of humanity."

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