Betty Mae graduated from high school, the first of her Tribe to ever attain a degree.
Betty Mae Jumper, third from the right in the top row.
Realizing the value of modern medicine, Betty Mae attended Kiowa Indian Hospital in Lawton, OK for nursing and brought white medicine to her Tribe. Later, the modern, two-story health clinic on Hollywood Reservation would be named after her.
Betty Mae was elected to the Tribe's first Council, and two years later to the Board of Directors.
In 1963, when the Tribe started a newspaper (The Smoke Signal, the forerunner of the Seminole Tribune Betty Mae was named editor. (She still serves as the Director of the Communications Department.)
In 1967, she was elected Tribal Chairman, becoming the first female Tribal 'Chief' in America; Because of that position, President Richard Nixon appointed her to a two-year term on the National Indian Opportunity Council.
In 1971, she was named among the top 50 Indian Women of the United States by the North American Indian Woman's Association.
She has authored two books, ...and with Wagons came God's Word, and Legends of the Seminoles.
She was named 'Woman of the Year' by the Jewish Women's Defense League
She was named 'Pioneer Woman' by the City of Dania.
In 1994 she won the Florida Department of State Folklife Heritage Award and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Florida State University.
In 1995 she was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame.
In June of 1997 she won the first Lifetime Achievement Award ever presented by the Native American Journalists Association.