The United Houma Nation became a partner with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) under a National Institute of Environmental Health (NIEH) funded post oil spill research project. This phase of the project, commonly called GC-HARMS, is assessing the health of individuals who consume seafood. Particularly, it is trying to determine IF seafood contains elevated levels of harmful chemicals post Deepwater Horizon disaster, as well as do the individuals that consume seafood post oil spill show signs of exposure to harmful PAHs (poly-aromatic hydrocarbons), which are the harmful chemicals found in crude oil. ..
For many years Congress has told the US Department of the Interior that the Federal recognition process is broken and in need of reform. Last year under the direction of Assistant Secretary Washburn, the Department began working towards that reform. A series of tribal consultations and public forums were held throughout the United States in 2013 asking tribal representatives and interested parties what they would like to see changed. ..
Earlier in the week, the United Houma Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program announced that the 2014 Celebrating ABILITIES powwow will be dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes management and prevention. As the UHN experiences such high rates of this complicated condition (nearly 1 in 4 households), the staff wanted to ensure there was an opportunity to have tribal citizens and supporters weigh in on the issue. ..
The UHN staff has confirmed a tour of the NSU campus as well as an opportunity to meet and conduct question and answers with the University's Admission Office, Financial Aid and Bayou Studies Program. The tour will be from 9:00 am to Noon on Monday July 7th. The date changed due to the conflict with the federal recognition meetings in Marksville. ..
Earlier this week, the Houma based Krewe of Hercules became a co-sponsor to the UHN's 6th Annual Celebrating ABILITIES Powwow. The powwow, which will take place at the Houma Airbase Pavilion on September 20th and 21st, is dedicated to raise awareness of the many strengths and abilities individuals with disabilities bring to our community. This year's efforts are focused on raising awareness of the effects of diabetes within the community. ..
In 2010, UHN housholds self reported that 1 in 4 households has someone living with diabetes. Our communities have very high rates of diabetes and the Tribe recognizes that those figures are growing. In order to best help our citizens living with this condition, the UHN began a Diabetes Registry. ..
For the second year in a row, recent Jewel Sumner High School graduate, Derrick Chaisson, was state champion in the bare back riding category during the recent Louisiana High School Rodeo Association Championship Competition. Derrick tied with Cody Goode to share the title. He is the only American Indian to qualify for nationals, and he is the son of Rosalee and Will Chaisson natives of Point aux Chene and current residents of Kentwood, Louisiana. ..
Earlier this week, the UHN confirmed the Treater Band as the post inaugural entertainment for the upcoming June21st installation of Thomas Dardar, Jr. to his second term as Principal Chief of the United Houma Nation. Treater Band, lead by Calvin Parfait along with an all Houma Indian band, is a local favorite for all playing original music and all your favorite zydeco and swamp pop favorites. ..
Living with diabetes can be challenging. Individuals can become overwhelmed with images of temptations that make living a healthy lifestyle difficult as well as so many people harp on the bad things that can happen when one doesn't take care of themselves. WE WANT TO FOCUS ON WHAT KEEPS YOU ON TRACK. What motivates you to take care of yourself while living with diabetes? ..
On Saturday, June 21st at the Grand Caillou Recreation Center Thomas Dardar, Jr. will be sworn in for his second term as Principal Chief of the United Houma Nation. The event begins at 6:00pm. Dinner and entertainment will follow after the ceremony. ..