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December 26, 2013

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe chief inaguration includes JBC grad

JACKSONVILLE — Press release

On January 1st, 2014, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas will inaugurate the next Principal Chief and Second Chief of the Tribe.  The ceremony will be held at the Veterans Pavilion on the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation in East Texas.  

Principal Chief-Elect Mikko Colabe III was born on November 4, 1927, on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation and is of the Granddaddy Long Legs Clan.   He is the son of the late Bronson Cooper Sylestine, who served as Principal Chief from 1936 until 1969.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas.  He worked as an educator and coach.  He also worked as JTPA Job Developer for the Tribe.

Mikko Colabe III has served as an Elder in the Indian Village Presbyterian Church located on the reservation.  Mikko Colabe III has also served his people on Tribal Council and as Tribal Council Chairman.  On October 19, 1994, he was elected by the members of Alabama-Coushatta Tribe to serve as their Second Chief.

Second Chief-Elect Herbert Johnson, Sr. is a member of the Beaver Clan.  He retired in 2012 as Tribal Security Director. In his twenty-one years of service, Mr. Johnson received his certification from Kilgore College and Angelina Criminal Justice Center as an East Texas Police Academy Basic Reserve Officer.  He attended Jacksonville Baptist College on a basketball scholarship and in 1963 was honored as an All- American.  

Mr. Johnson served two terms on Tribal Council.  He volunteered with Tribe’s Fire Department in the 1960’s and served numerous years as Tribal Softball and Basketball League Manager.  He is a member of the Indian Presbyterian Church.  Mr. Johnson has and continues to serve on the Big Sandy School Board, in Dallardsville, Texas, for the past 43 years.  

If you would like additional information, please contact Nita Battise at 936-563-1100 or email at tcnbattise@actribe.org.

The Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation is located between Livingston and Woodville, TX on US Hwy 190. Enjoy the Lake Tombigbee Campgrounds, campsites, cabins, fishing, swimming, and hiking year-round. The A/C One Stop store has all the conveniences for visitors such as fuel, diesel, snacks, deli specials, souvenir and handcrafted items.

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