Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
Sign at the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation east of Livingston, Texas
|Regions with significant populations|
|United States ( Texas)|
|English, Alabama, Koasati|
|traditional tribal religion, Protestant Christianity|
|Related ethnic groups|
|other Alabama and Koasati people|
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas is a federally recognized tribe of Alabama and Koasati in Polk County, Texas. The tribe hosts an annual powwow in early June. These peoples were part of the historic Muscogee or Creek Confederacy of numerous tribes in the Southeast United States. They are one of six federally recognized tribes whose members are descended from the Creek Confederacy.
The Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation was established in 1854, after the Alabama and Coushatta peoples were removed from their traditional lands east of the Mississippi River in the areas of Alabama. It is 4,593.7 acres large and is located 17 miles east of Livingston, Texas. About half the tribe, or 500 people, live on the reservation.
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas is headquartered in Livingston, Texas. The tribe is governed by a democratically elected seven-member council, as well as a principal chief and second chief who serve for life. The current administration is as follows:
- Principal Chief: Oscola Clayton Sylestine
- Second Chief: Colabe Clem Sylestine
- Chairman: Kyle Williams
- Vice-Chairman: Clint Poncho
- Treasurer: Pete Polite
- Secretary: Melanie Battise
- Council: Nita Battise
- Council: Ronnie Poncho
- Council: Roland Thomas.
- Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1
- Wray, Dianna. "The Alabama-Coushatta Still Exist and Are Doing What They Need to Do to Continue", Houston Press. 13 November 2013.
- Wray, Dianna. "Cover Story: Dreamcatchers", Houston Press, 13 November 2013.
- Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, official website