Posted Date: 01/07/2020
Congratulations to Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Second Chief Donnis Battise, Livingston High School Alum - Class of 1965!
The inauguration was held for new Principal Chief and Second Chief by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas on January 1, 2020
Principal Chief Mikko Skalaaba Herbert Johnson, Sr. was promoted from Second Chief by vote of Tribal Membership at a meeting in September. He retired in 2012 as the Tribal Security Director after serving for 21 years. 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 an All American. Mr. Johnson also served on Tribal Council and volunteered with the Tribe’s Fire Department in the 1960s and served numerous years as a Tribal Softball and Basketball League Manager. He retired from his position on the Big Sandy School Board in Dallardsville, Texas after serving for 48 years. He is a member of the Indian Presbyterian Church and is committed to preserving the Tribe’s rich history, culture, and language. He would like to see every child beginning school have every opportunity made available to them to further their academic career. Herbert Johnson, Sr. is a member of the Beaver Clan.
Second Chief Donnis Battise was elected by a majority vote in October by his Tribe. After graduating from Livingston High School in 1965, he served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam from September 1965 through September 1968 as a heavy equipment operator. Currently working part-time at Naskila Gaming as a gaming attendant, Donnis retired after 33 years of service to WT Carter Sawmill, US Plywood, Champion International and International Paper. He has served on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Nation Volunteer Fire Department, two terms on Tribal Council, is a member of the Veterans Association, has coached Little League Baseball, Little Dribblers Basketball, been a Chaperone for the Inner Voice Youth Council and volunteers for Vacation Bible School at his home church the Indian Presbyterian Church where he is also an ordained elder and deacon. Donnis enjoys baseball, softball, bowling, volleyball and is a Horseshoe Pitching Champion. He has lived on the reservation all of his life, speaks the Alabama-Coushatta language and hopes to represent the Tribe in all functions with dignity and integrity. His hope is for the Tribal Youth to further their education. He will continue to support the gaming program and the job development it creates. Donnis Battise is a member of the Bear Clan.
It is customary for the Principal Chief and the Second Chief to serve lifetime terms.