The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
Exercising jurisdiction since March 7, 2015.
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas is located on 4,593 square acres of land in southeast Texas, approximately 90 miles north of Houston. The tribe has over 1,000 enrolled members, about 500 of whom live on the reservation. According to the U.S. Census, the tribe’s reservation and off-reservation trust land population is 96 percent Indian and 4 percent non-Indian.
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Court is established pursuant to Article XIII of the Constitution of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. The Court consists of a Trial Division, which is presided over by a Chief Judge, and as many additional Associate Judges as the Tribal Council appoints. The Alabama-Coushatta Court of Appeals hears appeals as needed.
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe has not received grant funding from the program authorized in VAWA 2013 to support the exercise of SDVCJ.
Alabama-Coushatta Indians, Texas State Historical Association, https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/bma19 (last visited Dec. 12, 2017).
2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates--DP05 Demographic and Housing Estimates, U.S. Census Bureau https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_16_5YR_DP05 (follow “Add/Remove Geographies” hyperlink; then search “Alabama-Coushatta Reservation and Off-Reservation Trust Land, TX”).
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Comprehensive Codes of Justice, tit. IV, ch. 1, § 102.
Id. at § 104.
Id. at § 141-144.