Betty Mae Jumper was almost killed as a baby because her father was a white man. Her mother’s family intervened, however, and she grew up to be the first Seminole to graduate from high school. She worked for many years as a nurse and spent most of her career in tribal government positions, including tribal chairperson and editor of the Seminole Tribune. She shared many of the stories in the book Legends of the Seminoles with the public at festivals and with the children of the tribe, as her mother and grandmother did before her.