Port of Corpus Christi purchase Native American burial ground

On Tuesday, the Port of Corpus Christi Commissioners and Director Sean Strawbridge voted to purchase $60 million dollar Cheniere land in Ingleside believed by many to be a Karankawa Native American burial ground—if true, the land cannot be developed.

Following an unprecedented string of business losses, Sean Strawbridge is batting zero after having failed in negotiations on a $13 billion ethylene plant, a $1 billion dollar super tanker dock, an $800 million dollar desal plant, and a $540 million terminal and tank. Strawbridge is assisted in secret negotiations by none other than Port attorney Doug Allison, the common law husband of County Judge Barbara Canales.

On Tuesday, in an effort to salvage the Port’s damaged reputation, Strawbridge’s lap dog Port Commissioners moved to acquire the 550 acre Cheniere Ranch without a single customer or project. It is rumored that the Port Commission gave Cheniere a sweetheart deal on fees at their plant five miles away. Like a chapter out of the book The Art of War, Strawbridge has been outplayed at every turn and the Port Commissioners have the lost the faith of the community.

The Corpus Christi area is the second-largest Indian burial ground in the state of Texas. The bones and artifacts of hundreds of Native Americans, some thousands of years old, were discovered here in 1933, unearthed by a hurricane.

Do you think it’s right for the Port of Corpus Christi to be trying to develop on Karankawa Native American burial ground?