Jumper, Betty Mae - Only woman to lead Seminole Tribe dies at 88

Hollywood, Florida (AP) January 2011

Betty Mae Tiger Jumper – the first and only woman to chair the Tribal Council of the Seminole Tribe of Florida – has died in South Florida. She was 88.

Tribe spokesman Gary Bitner says Jumper passed away Friday morning at her home on the Hollywood Seminole Reservation.

Jumper was the first Seminole to graduate from high school. She continued her education in nursing and made improved health care a priority for her tribe.

Jumper was on the first council that helped establish federal recognition of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. She rose to prominence as the first female chair of the Seminole Tribe.

Jumper also received an honorary doctorate from Florida State University.