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Changes in leadership for Alabama-Coushatta

Changes in leadership for Alabama-Coushatta TribeLIVINGSTON, TEXAS. Elections for tribal council were held recently for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. There were nine candidates, including the incumbents, for three positions. Council positions are staggered for three year terms. The three incumbents were nominated, however during the general election only one retained his position as Ronnie Thomas was re-elected. No other candidate had fifty one percent of the votes and a run-off election was scheduled for July 3. On the ballot were three candidates who had the most votes in the general election. When the final count was done, the two incumbents were re-elected. Clint Poncho and Roland Poncho will serve for another three years as will Mr. Thomas. The newly elected councilmen were sworn in on Monday, July 8, 2013.

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Council consists of seven members with the tribal chiefs serving as advisors. In accordance with the constitution of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, the council members elect their own officers for a one-year period. The new Tribal Council officers are: Ronnie Thomas, chairman; Nita Battise, vice chairwoman; Melanie Battise, secretary; and Pete Polite, treasurer.

The home of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe is in Polk County and located 16 miles east of Livingston. On the reservation is a convenient store, smoke shop and a campground surrounding a lake. The tribe also owns two other smoke shops located in nearby Leggett and Humble, Texas. Their artisans are well known for their hand-crafted long leaf pine needle baskets.

The tribe sponsors a powwow on the first full weekend in June every year, a music festival with fireworks in July and other events scheduled throughout the year. More information on tribal council and events can be obtained by calling 936/563-1100.




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