Culture Beat / Mar. 14, 2019

Native American Tribe Pays for Funerals of Alabama Tornado Victims

“[The tribe] said, ‘Tell us what it would take to cover all of it.”

“A Native American tribe in Alabama has donated $184,000 to help cover the funeral costs of the 23 people killed by powerful tornadoes that hit a small town in Alabama last week.”

“‘This disaster occurred so quickly and affected so many families who had no way to prepare to cover the cost to put their loved ones to rest,’ Stephanie Bryan, CEO and chairman of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, told ABC News. ‘We live in an area that is prone to tornadoes and other natural disasters, so this a tragedy that strikes close to home in many, many ways.’”

“Bryan said that Lee County Coroner Bill Harris reached out to the tribe for financial aid in the aftermath of the tornadoes. Beauregard, a small town within Lee County, was torn apart by two tornadoes on March 3. Initially, the tribe had agreed to donate $50,000, but Harris said it wasn’t enough, Harris told ABC News.”

“[The tribe] said, ‘Tell us what it would take to cover all of it,’ Harris told ABC News. ‘I told them [$184,000] and they said, 'Fine.’”

Read more at ABC News.

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