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Tribe gives $500,000 for storm recovery


LIVINGSTON – The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, in cooperation with Naskila Gaming, is contributing $500,000 to 11 Texas counties hard hit by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Half of that amount will go to Harris County, while another $250,000 is going to 10 other Southeast Texas counties. In addition to Harris County, those counties receiving contributions from the Tribe for disaster relief include: Polk, Tyler, San Jacinto, Liberty, Jefferson, Hardin, Montgomery, Orange, Jasper and Newton counties. The Tribe also is reaching out to vendors and business partners at Naskila Gaming and Indian tribes around the country in an effort to raise additional funds that can be contributed to ongoing Harvey relief efforts. The Alabama-Coushatta have been in Southeast Texas since the 1780s, and recognized by the state of Texas, since the state gained independence from Mexico. Located in Polk County near Livingston, the Tribe has deep ties to the region. "I am pleased to announce that the Tribal Council has unanimously approved contributing $500,000 to Harvey relief efforts to help our neighbors who have been displaced and are suffering tremendous financial and emotional losses," said Jo Ann Battise, who chairs the Tribal Council. "We will be reaching out to county officials in all 11 counties today in an effort to get these funds to work immediately." Battise said the tribe was pleased to be in a position to give back to the region. "We've been here for hundreds of years, and have largely benefitted from the support and encouragement of our neighbors," Battise said, "so we are honored to be in a position to help." The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has displaced more than 30,000 residents and caused unprecedented financial losses. But it has also resulted in a Texas-sized response from residents throughout the region. "All of us have been proud to see the way our neighbors are reaching out to one another," Battise said. "We hope these contributions can make have a meaningful impact in alleviating some of the suffering. "We're grateful to our partners at Naskila Gaming for helping to make these contributions possible, and we'll continue to try and raise more money to assist our impacted neighbors throughout the region."


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