- 1. How Do I Become Involved?
There are lots of opportunities for tribal citizens and tribal supporters to become involved. First is to volunteer! The UHN has many community events and activities throughout the year that can only be successful with the help of volunteers. In April and May, volunteers are the heart and soul of the UHN's food booth at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The work at the fest is the largest fundraiser to support day-to-day operations and critical to the survival of the Tribe. Additionally, volunteers are needed at the annual Elders Fest in November, when tribal elders are honored and supported in a day's long celebration.
Also get involved in a committee! There are multiple committees that tribal citizens can serve on and help with improving, growing and strengthening tribal services. To apply to be on a commmittee, please complete the UHN Boards and Committee Application Form. Download the form here.
- 2. How Do I Enroll?
Every tribe establishes their own criteria and process for enrollment of tribal citizens. The United Houma Nation requires all applicants for enrollment to apply formally through the Enrollment Office. Applicants must complete the required forms here, submit all required documentation and pay a $5 processing fee to be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: On September 30, 2014, the UHN Tribal Rolls were closed to all applicants over the age of 5. Currently the UHN Enrollment Office is authorized to ONLY receive and process applications for enrollment from children of already enrolled tribal citizens PRIOR to the child's 5th birthday. All other applications received will be returned as unable to process.
The staff will process your application to determine if all criteria is satisfied with the Enrollment Board meeting quarterly to review and make final decisions and recommendations regarding applicants.
- 3. How Do I Get a Duplicate Enrollment Card?
By far the most common question we hear is "I've lost my card. How do I get another one?" The UHN Enrollment Office can assist with that request. Individuals can physically go in to the Enrollment Office in Golden Meadow during normal office hours (9:00 am to 4:00 pm) and get a duplicate card. We recognize that may not be possible for all people; therefore, tribal citizens can also request a duplicate card by mail.
To request a duplicate card by mail, individuals should write asking for a duplicate card including identifying information, such as tribal roll number, birth date, parent names, address and telephone number. For your convenience, feel free to use this form. The request should be mailed to the address below along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope in order for your card(s) to be mailed back to you. There is no cost for the duplicate cards; however, we do ask that you provide the necessary postage.
UHN Enrollment Office
20986 Hwy. 1
Golden Meadow, LA 70357
For more information, please call (985)475-6640
- 4. Where Can I Visit to Learn More About the UHN?
Please take time out of your busy schedule to visit our mini-museum located at our Main Tribal Center in Golden Meadow. The building itself has played an important role in our Tribe's history as it is commonly known to the community as "The Settlement School," where it was the school for Houma youth from the late 1930s to 1968, when the school closed. The Settlement School provided up no more than a 7th grade education to Native kids in this community with graduation only becoming a possibility after integration in 1965.
The building also houses a display of traditional tribal arts such as several styles of basket weaving, carvings and Spanish moss creations. The display also explores the Houma way of life, fishing practices and our unique relationship with the French government. The UHN is acknowledged by the French government as a Francophone (French speaking) Nation. Today our citizens continue to speak our Houma French, which is a blend of our traditional language and a very formal version of Parisian French dating back 300+ years that is a testament to the Houma's interactions with the French settlers during the early days of Louisiana's development.
To visit the "Settlement School," please call to schedule an appointment:20986 Hwy. 1Golden Meadow, LA 70357(985)475-6640
- 5. Where is the next Tribal Council meeting??
UNITED HOUMA NATION
Annual Tribal Council Meeting Schedule
Meetings are scheduled on the 2nd Saturday of the month.
The below schedule is the anticipated locations annually.
January 9, 2016 South Lafourche Library 10 a.m.
(District 10) 16241 E. Main St.
Golden Meadow, LA 70345
February 13, 2016 Dulac Community Center 10 a.m.
(District 3) 105 Coast Guard Road
Dulac, LA 70353
March 12, 2016 UHN Voc Rehab 10 a.m.
(District 1) Morgan City Office
301 Third Street
Morgan City, LA 70380
April 9, 2016 Lafitte Multi Purpose Building 10 a.m.
(District 8) 4917 City Park Drive
Lafitte, LA 70067
May 14, 2016 East Houma Library 10 a.m.
(Districts 5 and/or 6) 778 Grand Caillou Rd
Houma, LA 70363
June No Meeting Scheduled
July 9, 2016 Los Isleños Center 10 a.m.
(District 7) 1345 Bayou Road,
St. Bernard, LA 70085
August 13, 2016 Old Metairie Library 10 a.m.
(District 9) 2350 Metairie Rd.
Metairie, LA 70001
September 10, 2016 Dularge Recreational Center 10 a.m.
(District 4) 1657 Dr. Beatrous Road
Theriot, LA 70397
October 8, 2016 Lockport Library 10 a.m.
(District 11) 720 Crescent Ave.
Lockport, LA 70395
November 12, 2016 Montegut /Pointe aux Chene 10 a.m.
(District 2) Montegut Fire Dept
1105 Louisiana 55
Montegut, LA 70377.