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Monument honors Alabama Indian subchief


On this day in 1990, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Council erected a monument in honor of Colabe Cillistine, subchief of the Alabama Indian tribe from 1806 to 1865. Colabe was born around 1780 near Lafourche, Louisiana, but had moved to Texas by 1800. He spoke four languages and was skilled in communications with other tribes, government officials, and settlers. He also served as translator for Antone, the principal chief of the Alabamas. Colabe signed a petition requesting a permanent reservation to the Texas legislature in 1853. As a result, Texas purchased over 1,100 acres of land in Polk County. Colabe continued to serve his people until his death in 1865. His grandson, Bronson Cooper Sylestine, was principal chief of the Alabama-Coushattas from 1936 to 1969.

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