- 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 committee, please complete the UHN Boards and Committee Application Form. Download the form here. Also if you are interested in becoming a UHN volunteer, please contact Ms. Jessica Parfait to be added to our database of volunteers. You can reach Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org or (985)223-3093.
- 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
issatisfied 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)275-0820
- 4. How Do I Register to Vote in Tribal Elections?
1. Be an enrolled member of the United Houma Nation
2. Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
3. Have not been convicted of a felony or been under judgment of interdiction for mental incompetence
4. Reside or be domiciled in the district in which you seek to register
- 5. How Do I Run for My District Seat??
The United Houma Nation government is made up eleven District Council Representatives covering the six Parish service area between St. Mary and St. Bernard. The Principal Chief is acting representative overall. The council holds an election every four years for District seats. In the event that there is a vacancy outside of the schedule election period, a Special Election will be held to fill those vacancy. In order for an applicant to be eligible for a District seat they must reside in the District that he/she is running for, for a minimum of two years. They must submit two years of filed taxes, be a high school/GED graduate. The applicant must also submit a criminal background check and be free from any felonies. All other details are stated in the Qualifying Packet Application.
You can click the link to download the Qualifying Packet Application HERE.
All packets must be postmark before the election deadlines and submitted to the
20986 HWY 1.
Golden Meadow, LA 70357
- 6. How Do I Update My Information??
The Enrollment office is responsible for keeping each individual tribal members records on file. The information kept in the records is what has been provided by either the individual tribal member themselves, or what a parent/guardian has provided for their child at the time of enrollment. In the case of a new birth, a death, a move to a new home, new contact information, or a name change, the tribal member must notify the Enrollment office to update their file. Keeping your records up to date will ensure that they have the correct information when sending out notices regarding important tribal events or information. To keep your records accurate you can download the form here. Once the form is filled out please send it to the Enrollment office for processing.
- 7. 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)275-0820
- 8. 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.
South Lafourche Library
16241 E. Main St.
Golden Meadow, LA 70345
10 a.m. February
Dulac Community Center
105 Coast Guard Road
Dulac, LA 70353
10 a.m. March
UHN Voc Rehab
Morgan City Office
301 Third Street
Morgan City, LA 70380
10 a.m. April
10 a.m. May
(Districts 5 and/or 6)
Houma Main Library 151 Libray Drive Houma, LA 70360
10 a.m. June No Meeting Scheduled
Old St. Bernard Courthouse
1201 Bayou Road
St. Bernard, LA.
10 a.m. August
UHN Marrero Office
6641 Westbank Expy Suite B
Marrero, LA 70072
10 a.m. September
Dularge Fire Dept.
1767 Bayou Dularge Rd.
Theriot, LA 70397
10 a.m. October
720 Crescent Ave.
Lockport, LA 70395
10 a.m. November
Montegut Fire Dept
1105 Louisiana 55
Montegut, LA 70377
10 a.m. Meeting Locations Are Subject To Change