Native American tribe pays for funerals of tornado victims


Last updated 4/5/2019 at 2pm

U.S. National Weather Service

ATMORE, Ala.-On March 3, the deadliest tornado to hit the United States in nearly six years struck Lee County, Alabama, killing 23 people, aged 6 to 89.

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the only federally recognized tribe in Alabama, volunteered to split the funeral costs with another donor, expecting to give $50,000. When the other donor backed out of the arrangement, the tribe stepped up to donate $184,000 to cover all costs for all victims.

In late January, the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe also donated $100,000 to the Elmore County Disaster Relief Fund to assist residents rebuilding in...

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