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May 23, 2019

Native American tribe donates $184G to cover funeral costs for Alabama tornado victims

March 14, 2019
Damage is shown from a drone in the aftermath of a March 3 tornado in Beauregard, Ala. (Elijah Nouvelage / Getty Images)

Native Americans are stepping up in the face of calamity in a big way by offering to foot the bill for nearly two dozen funeral services.

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Alabama’s only federally recognized tribe, has donated an extraordinary $184,000 for the 23 victims killed by fierce tornadoes that touched down in the state last week, reported WLBT.


“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 is a tragedy that strikes close to home in many, many ways.”

Two tornadoes decimated the small town of Beauregard, located in east-central Alabama, on March 3.

When Lee County Coroner Bill Harris asked the tribe for financial assistance, it initially offered $50,000, but when Harris came back with the $184,000 figure, the tribe agreed.

“I cannot thank them enough,” said Harris. “They have really stepped up to the plate on this one.”

At least three children under the age of 11 were killed by the massive storm that ripped through a one-square-mile swath of Beauregard, claimed local authorities.

On March 8, President Trump surveyed the tornado damage.

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