Chickasaw matriarchal leaders stand strong with the core tribal values passed from generation to generation. They are the keepers of the stories. They are the guardians of tradition – the foundation of the family. Explore their stories – a testament to the surviving spirit of the nation.
Growing up, Lisa Billy was surrounded by strong Chickasaw women whose examples served to reinforce the idea that she was every bit as capable as her male peers. The example that the matriarchs set by leading the council, and the history they shared with her of ancient Chickasaw women bravely fighting in battle, gave her the strength to stand up to adversity and pursue her dream of a career in politics.