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
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
by Betty Mae Jumper
Sarasota, Fla. :
Pineapple Press, 1994.
p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Jumper, Betty Mae. A
Seminole legend : the life of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper
University Press of Florida, 2001.
198 p. : p., ill., maps ;, 23 cm.
By Betty Mae
Tiger Jumper and Patsy West.
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.