|Chiricahua Apache leader|
|Born||December 11, 1910|
|Died||April 15, 1997|
|Resting place||Fort Sill Post Cemetery, Lawton, Oklahoma |
|Spouse(s)||William G. Cleghorn|
|Education||Haskell Institute; degree in home economics, Oklahoma State University, 1941|
|Known for||First chairperson of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe; educator and traditional doll maker|
Mildred Imoch Cleghorn, whose Apache names were Eh-Ohn and Lay-a-Bet, was one of the last Chiricahua Apaches born under a "prisoner of war" status. She was an educator and traditional doll maker, and was regarded as a cultural leader. She worked as a home extension agent and as a home economics teacher. She served as tribal chairperson from 1976 until 1995 and focused on sustaining history and traditional Chiricahua culture.
On June 10, 1996, Indian plaintiffs including Elouise P. Cobell, Mildred Cleghorn, Thomas Maulson and James Louis Larose, filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government for its failure to properly manage Indian trust assets on behalf of all present and past individual Indian trust beneficiaries.
Mildred Cleghorn did not live to see the results of the lawsuit, which became known as Cobell v. Salazar. It was settled for $3.4 billion in 2009, in the Indians' favor, a week after what would have been Mildred Cleghorn's 99th birthday.
- "Mildred Imach Cleghorn, b. Dec 11, 1910, d. Apr 15, 1997 - Overview -". Histopolis. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- Dill, J.S. "Mildred Cleghorn" ...On the Passing of Elders (Retrieved 4 July 06)
- Everett, Dianna. "Cleghorn, Mildred Imoch (1910-1997)" Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture. (retrieved 1 February 09)
- 1967 Festival of American Folklife Finding Aid
- "Background of the trustee relationship and lawsuit". Char-Koosta News - Official Newspaper of the Flathead Indian Nation. 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- Delcour, Julie (2009-12-13). "Cobell v. Salazar: Riding into the cavalry and surviving". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Cleghorn, Mildred
- Photo of Mildred Cleghorn
- Homage to Mildred I. Cleghorn, poem by Pax Riddle
- Letters in the Dewey F. Bartlett Collection at the Carl Albert Center