Visit to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Supreme Court

On February 12, 2019, Chancellor Pierre and Visiting Professor Adam Crepelle visited the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian Court. The Choctaw Indian Reservation consists of 35,000 acres of trust land scattered over 10 counties in east-central Mississippi. The nearly 10,000 members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians live in the eight reservation communities of Bogue Chitto, Bogue Homa, Conehatta, Crystal Ridge, Pearl River, Red Water, Standing Pine, and Tucker.

Chancellor Pierre and Professor Crepelle engaged with Chief Justice Kevin Briscoe to discuss methods to create an educational pipeline from Southern University Law Center to the Choctaw Indian Reservation. Chief Justice Kevin Briscoe is a member of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Justice Briscoe is currently serving his 5th year on the MBCI Supreme Court. The educational pipeline would aide in the law center efforts to build an Indian law Program as well as provide internship and externship to our students. The visit made Chancellor John Pierre the first chancellor to enter the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian Court. We all look forward to the innovative and exciting projects to come from this prolific relationship.