Gov. Abbott to visit Alabama-Coushatta reservation
(Austin – April 11, 2019) – Cecilia Flores, Tribal Council Chairperson for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, was able to secure a commitment from Texas Governor Greg Abbott to visit the Tribe’s Polk County reservation and get a first-hand look at Naskila Gaming, the Tribe’s electronic bingo facility.
In light of recent concerns voiced by Gov. Abbott in a letter to Congress, Flores met with the Governor at a dinner in Austin Tuesday. She took the opportunity to explain the Tribe’s position on H.R. 759, the federal legislation introduced by Representative Brian Babin (R-Woodville) that would clarify the Tribe’s right to offer electronic bingo at its Naskila Gaming facility. Earlier this month the Governor sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stating his opposition to H.R. 759 which has bipartisan support. There are currently 24 co-sponsors evenly divided among Republicans and Democrats.
“I am pleased that the Governor welcomed my offer, on behalf of the Tribe, to visit the reservation and tour the Naskila Gaming facility,” Flores said. “He was interested in learning more and Governor Abbott did not hesitate to accept the invitation to come visit us.
“We look forward to hosting Governor Abbott this summer,” Flores said. “We are confident that he will be impressed with the overwhelming community support for the Tribe and Naskila Gaming.”