By Enterprise Staff
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas historically elected Millie Thompson Williams as its second chief-elect on Sept. 14. Williams is a lifelong resident of the Alabama-Coushatta tribal community and has been an educator and health/mental health coordinator of the tribe’s Head Start Program for over 35 years.
She is also a Sunday School teacher at the Indian Village Assembly of God Church, leading the classes in the tribal language. Williams is a tribal elder that is consulted for language preservation within the tribal community.
A mother of four and grandmother of six, Williams said she is humbly honored by this monumental and distinguished vote as the tribe’s next Mikko Istimatokla, which will place her in a highly esteemed position within the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.
The role of both the principal and second tribal chiefs, which serve for a lifetime, is to act as ambassadors of the tribe and to provide cultural advice to the tribal council and key tribal committees.
Williams will be officially inaugurated along with Mikko Choba Elect (Principal Chief) Kanicu Donnis Battise on Jan. 1, 2023.