Beset by federal budget cuts, no written history and a general lack of recognition, the Alabama-Coushatta try to learn a different way of being indian.
They live on a thick-forested stretch of land outside of Livingston, but the dull roar of traffic along Interstate 59 is audible on most of the reservation. However, inside the defunct casino of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas reservation all you can hear is drumming. Sage Beene, a kid with lo ... More >>
The Alabama-Coushatta want their casino back. The Texas horse tracks say betting on races isn’t enough. Both see expanded gambling in the state as their ticket to solvency.
Cathie Adams knows where she stands on slots. She's done the research. She's conducted the interviews. She's seen what can happen when someone finds their way to the bright, baubly machines from which casinos get a heft of their income. "They're called the crack cocaine of gambling," Adams, preside ... More >>
Bringing casinos to Texas would require a state constitutional amendment
It's better to receive than to give
Alabama-Coushatta Indians are shedding their passive ways in big bets on land claims and casinos. But some fear they could be gambling away their great tribal heritage.
Rae Evening Earth Ott rescues these wild creatures, enlisting others in her cause