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Services Monday For Former Seminole Tribe Leader

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Betty Mae Tiger Jumper  (Source: Florida Commission on the Status of Women)

Betty Mae Tiger Jumper (Source: Florida Commission on the Status of Women)

HOLLYWOOD (CBS4) – Memorial and funeral services will be held Monday for Betty Mae Tiger Jumper the first, and only, woman to chair the Tribal Council of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

The visitation and memorial service for Jumper, 88, will be held House of Prayer on Stirling Road in Hollywood beginning at 10 a.m. Following the service Jumper will be interred at the New Seminole Cemetery in Hollywood.

Jumper, who was born in Indiantown, 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 one of two women appointed to the National Congress on Indian Opportunity by President Richard Nixon. She was a founder of the United South and Eastern Tribes, which became a powerful lobbying force for Indian interests.

Jumper was the last surviving matriarch of the Snake Clan. She is survived by three children; two brothers and one sister; nine grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

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