ALABAMA-COUSHATTA TRIBE of TEXAS
MIKKO COLABE III
CLEM FAIN SYLESTINE
Mikko Colabe III was born on November 4, 1927, on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation and is of the Granddaddy Long Legs Clan. He is the son of the late Bronson Cooper Sylestine, who served as Principal Chief from 1936 until 1969, and the late Monzanda Thompson Sylestine. Mikko Colabe III is a direct descendant of Sub-Chief Colabe, along with the Principal Chief Antone around 1806. His late wife, Leona Abbey Sylestine, was a well-known artisan in traditional and contemporary beadwork.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, graduating in 1952. An educator and coach in Southmayd High School, Holland High School, Shepherd High School, Woodville ISD, and Goodrich ISD, he retired in 1988. He was employed by Sam Houston Electric Cooperative and accepted to work directly with his people as JTPA Job Developer.
He has served as an Elder in the Indian Village Presbyterian Church located on the reservation.
Mikko Colabe III has served his people on Tribal Council and as Tribal Council Chairman. On October 19, 1994, he was elected by the members of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe to serve as their Second Chief. On Saturday, October 5, 2013, during a Nominations meeting, the membership in attendance voted to select Second Chief Sylestine as Principal Chief of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe.
HERBERT JOHNSON, SR.
Herbert Johnson, Sr. retired in 2012 as Tribal Security Director. In his twenty-one years of service, Mr. Johnson received his certification from Kilgore College and Angelina Criminal Justice Center as an East Texas Police Academy Basic Reserve Officer. He attended Jacksonville Baptist College on a basketball scholarship and in 1963 was honored as and All-American.
Mr. Johnson served two terms on Tribal Council. He volunteered with the Tribe’s Fire Department in the 1960’s and served numerous years as Tribal Softball and Basketball League Manager. He is a member of the Indian Presbyterian Church. Mr. Johnson has served on the Big Sandy School Board, in Dallardsville, Texas, for the past 48 years and is set to retire his position in November 2018.
As Second Chief, Mr. Johnson is committed to preserving the Tribe’s rich history, culture, and language, importantly to make sure that every child beginning school will have every opportunity made available to them to further their academic careers. Herbert Johnson, Sr. is a member of the Beaver Clan.