“Who would have ever thought that I would become a chief?” Texas Alabama Coushatta Tribe Elects First Female Chief | community

LIVINGSTON — When Millie Thompson Williams and her cousin Myra Battise were growing up, they played token games under a pine canopy in Big Thicket National Preserve and pretended to be members of the tribal council.

It was a real fantasy for the two girls growing up in the 1960s when their tribe’s seven-strong governing body was all male.