The Alabama-coushatta Tribe of texas has announced the death of Mikko Colabe III Clem Fain Sylestine, traditional chief of the tribe.
He was 91.
The tribe announced his death in a post on Facebook.
“He was a distinguished tribal leader most of his adult life,” the post said. “He served as an elected Tribal Council member and then served as Chairman for many years. He assumed his chieftanship role in 1995 as the second Chief and was elected as the Principal Chief in 2014. He followed in the fotsteps of his father, Bronson Cooper Sylestine, who served as the Chief from 1936 to 1969. Chief Colabe III was a direct descendant of Chief Colabe who served as the Second Chief to the Principal Chief Antone in the early 1800s.”
Chief Colabe was a graduate of Austin College in Sherman. He worked as a teacher and coach at various high schools until his retirement in 1988.
He was an elder in the Indian Village Presbyterian Church on the reservation in Livingston.
The tribe will observe a period of mourning through the end of 2019.
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe has the oldest reservation in Texas and is a fully functioning sovereign government with about 1,200 members, about half of whom live on the reservation.
The Tribe is ruled by both a Principal Chief, who was Chief Colabe III, and a Secondary chief, Skalaaba Herbert Jr.
You can find out more about the tribe at its website.