Cherokee Women Honored


(L to R) Lynda Crittenden, Tribal Council Attorney Dianne Barker Harrold and First Lady Sherry Baker were honored as part of Talking Leaves Job Corps’ celebration of Women’s History Month.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation’s First Lady Sherry Baker; Lynda Crittenden, wife of Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden; and Tribal Council Attorney Dianne Barker Harrold told a group of girls Tuesday not to be afraid to step up as leaders. The trio spoke at Talking Leaves Job Corps in celebration of Women’s History Month.

“Lynda Crittenden and I both have very strong husbands in the Cherokee Nation, and they both like to think they got here by themselves, but with the two of us behind them, we’ve helped,” Baker said. “It’s teamwork. That’s one thing Cherokee women have always been great advocates of, being the strong forefront of what the future brings, and without those women we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

Barker Harrold, who spoke on not limiting yourself, also addressed women’s rights and shared personal stories of triumph to achieve her goals, as well as stories of other strong Native women throughout history.

 “We invited these women, not just to honor them, but to give them a chance to talk to us with the hope that it will inspire us to achieve our goals,” said Kasie Mendenhall, a Talking Leaves student studying to be a medical assistant.

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