“Who would have thought that I would become a leader? Alabama-Cushatta tribe in Texas elects first female chief

LIVINGSTON. When Millie Thompson Williams and her cousin Myra Battis were growing up, they played pretend under the pine canopies in the Great Thicket National Forest, pretending to be members of the tribal council.

It was a real fantasy for two girls who grew up in the 1960s when their tribe’s seven-member governing body consisted entirely of men.

“We’ll say no to everything they say!” Williams told Battis, who laughed and continued the farce.

Now, 60 years later, Williams looks back fondly on those memories and realizes they are no longer a dream.

On New Year’s Day, 66-year-old Williams was inaugurated as second chief of the Alabama-Coushatta tribe in Texas, becoming the first woman to be elected to the post in over 200 years of tribal history.

The second chief, along with the main chief, acts as a tribal ambassador and provides cultural advice to the tribal council and key tribal committees. Williams’s rise to power follows a series of family tragedies that left her widowed, but comes at an opportune moment for the women of her tribe. Her leadership coincides with the first time that the tribal council is predominantly female rather than male.

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