East Texas Indian reservation fights to re-open casino

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) -  The Alabama Coushatta Tribe in Livingston said their casino brings 300 jobs to the reservation and the surrounding community. They said it is one thing the state of Texas would not have to put anything into.

The tribe said since the casino's closure, there has been a 32 percent unemployment rate on their reservation.

"We're proud people, but sometimes we need a little stepping stone to help us. It's going to be a long, hard process, but we're...confident we're going to work hard to achieve our goal," said Tribal Council Chairman Carlos Bullock.

Bullock said right now other gaming states like Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico, are getting about $3 billion from people in Texas going out of state to gamble. Money he said could stay in Texas.

He said they are hoping to get a bill onto the Texas House floor and into the Senate by the time the special session ends in May.