FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 27, 2018
Contact: Chuck McDonald
Statement from Jo Ann Battise, Tribal Council Chairperson in reaction to U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin’s ruling on Monday February 26, 2018. (State of Texas vs. Alabama-Coushatta Tribe Civil Action No 9:01-CV-299).
“We are grateful that the court has granted the Tribe’s motion to stay pending appeal. This means that Naskila Gaming will remain open during the appeal process, which can take anywhere from 12 to 16 months. This is wonderful news for the immediate future of the 330 employees whose families’ livelihood depends on Naskila Gaming. As suggested in Judge Giblin’s Order, protecting these Naskila jobs, pending appeal, avoids residual negative impact on the local economy. It is also critically important to the Tribe’s ability to improve the quality of life for our people by providing more housing, healthcare and educational services.
We will not rest while appealing the state’s lawsuit against the Tribe. We will continue the fight for fairness.
On February 8, 2018, Congressman Brian Babin (R-36) filed a bill, HR 4985, relating to our ability to offer electronic bingo entertainment that will restore an opportunity for economic development on terms that are equal and fair with other federally recognized tribes in Texas. We will advocate vigorously for passage of this bill.”