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House Proceeding on Apr 14th, 2010 :: 3:14:55 to 3:19:45
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Tom Cole

3:14:52 to 3:15:12( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: husband, charlie soap, and the entire cherokee nation, for the loss of this wonderful lady. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from washington, for what purpose do you rise? mr mcmorris rodgers: i rise in support of the legislation. i'd like to yield to the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. cole.

Tom Cole

3:14:55 to 3:19:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Cole

Tom Cole

3:15:13 to 3:15:33( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: i thank you, mr. speaker. wilma mankiller led a remarkable life. as my friend, congressman boren, so eloquently stated, her beginnings were awfully humble. and frankly, they didn't get much better for a long time. she traveled to california,

Tom Cole

3:15:34 to 3:15:56( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: unlike a lot of oklahomans, did not find the prosperity that so many found there, rurned home and went to work for the cherokee nation and worked through a succession of posts over a decade of increasing responsibility. eventually she became a principal chief of the second largest indian tribe in america, first woman to do so

Tom Cole

3:15:57 to 3:16:19( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: and arguably the best leader that the tribe has had since moving to oklahoma from tennessee. she tripled the number of cherokees, she doubled tribal employment. she added dozens of programs in nutrition, social services, education, cultural awareness and, frankly, she made the cherokee nation more than it

Tom Cole

3:16:20 to 3:16:41( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: was, a force to be reckoned with. not only in northeast oklahoma, not only within the lives of its citizens, but quite frankly in indian country and in american politics. she was recognized for extraordinary achievements over her lifetime. honorary degrees, boards and foundations and, of course, again as my colleague and friend, mr. boren, said, the

Tom Cole

3:16:42 to 3:17:02( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: highest civilian award that any indian can receive, the medal of freedom. i newmanman very well. she led a life based on principles. the first one was just absolute personal integrity. one of the most honest and honorable people i ever met in my life. the second was humility. she was the most approachable person that you would ever want

Tom Cole

3:17:03 to 3:17:24( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: to know. a total lack of pretension. and she believed very profoundly in service to others. service, yes, to her tribe, service, yes, to native americans, but service beyond as a creed and as a value that she lived and acted on every single day of her life. she was a remarkable person to talk to because she was

Tom Cole

3:17:25 to 3:17:45( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: completely candid in her conversation, which is very unusual, particularly for a political figure. if you are going to be chief of the cherokee nation, i say you are a considerable and skillful politician in your own right. i rember on many occasions getting advice and i rember her speaking in a very unvarnished way. i can't count the number of

Tom Cole

3:17:46 to 3:18:06( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: times that i heard her say in speeches when she got up, she loved to speak truth to power that she identified herself, am or have be the principle chief of the cherokee nation. if the united states had its way i would not have been chief.

Tom Cole

3:18:07 to 3:18:28( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: and that's where she began her conversation from. she was a role model, of course, to women and to native americans everywhere. particularly to my mother, who was the first native american elected to the state senate in oklahoma. close friend of chief mankiller's and somebody, like me, admired her quite profoundly. as a leader she was also

Tom Cole

3:18:29 to 3:18:50( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: principled, she was determined, she was visionary but supremely practical in her politica pursuits. she was tough, she was shrewd, she was dedicated to the cherokee people and dedicated to native americans. sheas an extraordinarily fierce defender of the concept of tribal sovereignty. she understood it in her bones and she advocated it.

Tom Cole

3:18:51 to 3:19:11( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: and frankly enhanced it not only for her own people but for native americans everywhere. having said that, she was also willing to partner with anyone. didn't matter what your point was, your values were. she was a very devoted democrat. my mother was a very fierce republican. she found -- they found common

Tom Cole

3:19:12 to 3:19:33( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: ground on issue after issue. i want to join mr. boren in expressing my profound sympathy to her family, obviously to the great cherokee nation, to native americans everywhere. i mean this with all sincerity, i've not seen her like before in my life. i don't think any of us will see her like again. with that i yield back, mr.

Tom Cole

3:19:34 to 3:19:45( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. boren: i'd like to yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is

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