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Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Chief to Open Women’s History Month Events Schedule

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Phyllis Anderson, the first female tribal chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, will help kick off Women’s History Month events at The University of Southern Mississippi at an opening reception today, March 6 at 4 p.m. in room 101 of the International Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission to Women’s History Months is free and open to the public.

Anderson, a native of the Red Water community, was officially sworn in as the first woman chief in Choctaw History in October 2011.

Other Women’s History Month events at Southern Miss include the following:

*March 7 - “Iron Jawed Angels” – social justice movie night, 5:30 p.m., Owings-McQuagge Hall, room 105. Sponsored by the Research Initiative on Social Justice in Education (RISE)

*March 18 – Mississippi native and award-winning author Jesmyn Ward, 6:30 p.m., Thad Cochran Center, Ballrooms I and II.

*March 25 – Research Presentations by Committee for Services and Resources for Women grant recipients, brown bag luncheon, noon, McCain Library room 203.

*March 26 – Forum on Women’s Health and Healthcare Access 6 p.m., R.C. Cook Union room H. Sponsored by USM Feminist Majority Alliance.

*March 31 – Closing ceremony of Women’s History Month with CSRW awards presentation, 4 p.m. R.C. Cook Union room B.

For more information about Women’s History Month at Southern Miss, contact Robyn Curtis at robyn.curtis@usm.edu.  On Facebook, visit “Southern Miss Committee on Services and Resources for Women.”