Betty Mae Jumper

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 Betty Mae Jumper

Betty Mae Jumper was born in 1923, at Indianatown near Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida. After graduating from a primary school in Carolina, she went to the Kiowa Indian Hospital in Oklahoma and completed a year of nurse's training in the public health field. She then worked with the public health nurse serving the Seminole Reservation. In 1967 the Seminole people elected Betty Mae Jumper as the first woman to serve as chairman of the Seminole Tribal Council. After retirement Jumper worked with the communications department, which published her brief memoir.

Awards and Honors

Top Indian Women of the year, 1970


Legends of the Seminoles by Betty Mae Jumper

Sarasota, Fla. : Pineapple Press, 1994.

Genre: Folklore

Description: 95 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.

Seminole Indians--Folklore

Jumper, Betty Mae. A Seminole legend : the life of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper

Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2001.

Genre: Biography

Description: xv, 198 p. : p., ill., maps ;, 23 cm.

By Betty Mae Tiger Jumper and Patsy West.


Online resources

Betty Mae Jumper, Co-Editor of Seminole Indian News, 1961 - This newspaper was formed for the Indians to help their cause for the survival of their people and to help their appeals to the United States Government.

Betty Mae Jumper, (1994 Inductee) - Florida Women's Hall of Fame. Florida Commission on the Status of Women.


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