The Alabama and Coushatta were originally separately organized Tribes that inhabited adjacent areas near present day Montgomery, Alabama. In 1763 as European settlers began to encroach on their lands, the Tribes began to migrate westward, first to Louisiana and then to Southeast Texas.
Since migrating to Texas in the late 1700s both the Alabama and Coushatta tribes have shared a lengthy history in Texas. In 1854 and 1856, the Texas Legislature passed the "Act for relief for the Alabama Indians" and the "Act for relief of the Coushatta Indians" respectively, which authorized the State to grant or purchase land for the Tribes. In 1928, additional land in Polk County were awarded by the Federal Government.
In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed Public Law 627, terminating the trust relationship between the Tribe and the United States. The termination remained in effect until 1987 when Texas Congressmen Roland Coleman and Charlie Wilson introduced a Restoration Act. The Restoration Act was passed by both Houses of Congress and was subsequently signed into law by President Ronald Regan.
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe has established a governmental Limited Liability Corporation Code to reinforce the economic development efforts of the Tribe. Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Holdings, LLC (ACTH, LLC) is intended to create and stimulate the economy of the Tribe and promote growth and continuity of the company.
Bryan Small serves as the Chief Executive Officer for ACTH, LLC. Mr. Small received his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Richmond, Masters of Public Policy from Pepperdine University, and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business. He also has done training workshops in Indian Country on community and economic development as a consultant with the RedWind Group. While working with the RedWind Group, Small developed a community plan on behalf of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe.
During this presentation, Mr. Small will focus on how economic development affects health care for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe.
For more information about the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, please visit their web site at www.alabama-coushatta.com/Home.aspx.
This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary. Meals will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.