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"Cherokee Word For Water": Wilma Mankiller's Unfinished Legacy

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A movie honoring the life of former Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller opens in theaters this weekend.

"The Cherokee Word For Water" is about 100 Cherokee families in Bell, Oklahoma.

They were pushing to rebuild their declining community and get fresh drinking water.

The movie is set in the early '80s and focuses on the efforts of Mankiller and her husband, Charlie Soap, to build the Bell Water Line.  

A private premiere is going on Thursday night at the Jazz Hall of Fame.

"This was Wilma's unfulfilled legacy," says producer Kristina Kiehl. "And it's an honor to be premiering it here, where she lives in the community she was involved with."

"I would like to encourage people to come see the movie," says husband, producer and director Charlie Soap. "It's very inspiring, a very good movie. And I think they will enjoy it a lot."

"The Cherokee Word For Water" starts Friday night at Tulsa's Circle Cinema and at Tahlequah's Dream Theater.