The Alabama-Coushatta LbNA # 28683
|Placed Date||Feb 7 2007|
Nestled deep in the Big Thicket of East Texas lies Texas’ oldest reservation, home of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. Some 550 Tribe members call these 4,600 acres of timberland near Livingston in Polk County their home.
Both members of the Upper Creek Confederacy of Indians and the Muskogean Nation, the Alabamas came to Tyler County in 1805, while the Coushattas arrived in East texas sometime after 1795. When land given to them by the Texas Congress was overtaken by white settlers, Sam Houston himself, as a gesture of gratitude for supporting Texas’ independence, recommended that the State purchase land for each tribe. When the Coushatta acreage was never deeded, the Alabamas shared their land. After an era of friendship and support, the two tribes became united as the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.
Visitors to the reservation are welcome. You will see the sign as you enter “On Ti Chuka”, which means welcome and the sign as you leave, “E La Chuka”, come again. In between, treat the land with respect and enjoy your stay.
You will need red and black markers for this stamp.
The Alabama-Coushatta reservation is located on Hwy. 190 about 16 miles east of Livingston, Texas. The entrance is on the south side of the highway. You may enter as into any other community in Texas. Just remember that the Alabama-Coushatta are a sovereign nation and respect that fact. As you enter, you will pass the Presbyterian Church on your right, then the community center. Pass the tribal library and watch for a sign for Lake Tom Big Bee Camping area. Across from the sign is park road 56A and a gate, which is usually open. Immediately past this road is a roadside picnic area. Pull in and park. If you want to drive through the camping area or actually camp, do not park here. Instead, drive on past the lake and pull into the entrance to the camping area, where you need to buy a day pass for $5.00. If you parked in the picnic area, get out of the car and walk back to camp road 56A. Walk along the road past camping areas “A” and “B” (about 3/10 mile). You will see two cabins marked “3” and “4”.
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Across the road from Cabin “3” is a small footbridge leading over a drainage ditch to a trail or clearing. Cross the bridge and begin to walk uphill. Immediately to the right, leaning over the trail, is a large pine tree. As you pass this tree, look to the right about 15 steps off the trail for a medium size pine which grows out of the ground at a 45 degree angle before turning upward. On the ground beneath the angled trunk of this tree is the Alabama-Coushatta. Be sure to look for Lone Star Quilter’s “Indian Chief” while you’re here.