Texas is a state of opportunity and prosperity. There is a story brewing in East Texas that stands in stark contrast to this fundamental Texas mentality. It’s a story about Texas not fighting for the jobs and economic prosperity of its people. This is about my tribe – the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, and hundreds of jobs and millions of economic impacts for East Texas put at risk.
Our tribe, one of three federally recognized tribes in the state, has been a part of Texas history long before Texas became a state. We played an important role in the struggle for independence, providing shelter and food to starving women and children fleeing Texas towns under attack before the Battle of San Jacinto. Our Chef Colita personally carried the news of Sam Houston’s victory in Louisiana and brought the displaced Texans home. We are proud of our contributions and the impact we have had here.