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Court approves resolution supporting gaming at Indian reservation in Polk County
San Jacinto News- Times - October 2008

COLDSPRING – A resolution supporting action by the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribe of Texas in its quest to reopen gaming on its reservation was approved by San Jacinto County Commissioners’ Court last week. The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe opened a gaming center, employing 300 people from the tribe and surrounding communities, on their reservation outside of Livingston in November 2001 but was closed down nine months later. In its effort to reopen their gaming center, the tribe is asking for support in the passage of House Bill 3335 from surrounding counties, cities and organizations. According to San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner, Montgomery, Tyler, Polk counties and the cities of Livingston and Onalaska, Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) and other organizations have endorsed the tribe’s effort by supporting a resolution favoring passage of House Bill 3335.

House Bill 3335 would authorize the operation of video lottery games at racetracks and on certain Indian lands, authorizing the regulation of gaming to provide additional money to fund governmental programs and regulating locations at which gambling may be conducted, proposed by the 80th Texas Legislature. Commissioners passed a motion by a three to two vote in support of the Indian tribe’s efforts to re-establish video lottery games at its reservation in neighboring Polk County. In other business, commissioners approved the 2009 contribution, totaling $500, for Southeast Texas Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.

The contribution is budgeted annually by the county. Matters concerning destruction from Hurricane Ike were discussed by commissioners. Judge Faulkner reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in town setting up and reported that brush is being picked up as planned. He and other members of the court praised volunteers who assisted in helping during and after the storm. “We were better prepared and the process ran smoother than during Rita. It was a good experience to see people helping others,” Faulkner said.



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