USM holds flag ceremony to honor Indigenous faculty, students
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Many countries’ flags are flown in the RC University Union at Southern Miss, but now, six Native American tribes join the group, as their flags are hoisted during a ceremony at USM.
the flags of the following were flown in the union:
The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
The United Houma Nation
The Muscogee Nation
The White Earth Nation of the Ojibwe Tribe
“It’s hard being 1 percent of the student body, 0.5 percent of the faculty and 2 percent of the nation to have a voice, get heard and be recognized,” said USM’s Director of American Indian Research and Studies Dr. Tammy Greer. “With this, we have an opportunity to educate people.”
These flags will be updated every fall semester to make sure all faculty and students are represented.
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