Bill Anoatubby: Women play important roles in tribal society

"Women have consistently taught us lessons which empower. While women in any society often lead with lessons of courage, fairness, respect and perseverance, that leadership role is heightened in the matrilineal society of the Chickasaw people.

For example, in 1837 Betsy Love had the courage to defend her property rights in a Mississippi courtroom. Because she was able to teach the judge about Chickasaw law and traditions she not only won her case, she also laid the foundation for the property rights married women enjoy to this day.

In that same year, Chickasaws were removed from their homelands and made an arduous journey to Indian Territory. Facing adversity, Chickasaw people continued to hold fast to their culture and tradition."

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Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby: Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment (Indian Country Today 3/21)

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