Chief Dardar’s heart-felt words on diabetes last week and the affects it has had on the tribal citizens of the United Houma Nation remind each of us the importance of learning how to prevent diabetes or if living with diabetes to make better choices. The United Houma Nation Diabetes Program was created out of a need recognized by tribal leadership as well as the staff of the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP). As the program and tribal staff prepare for this year’s powwow that will honor those living with diabetes, we are excited to tell you about some of the activities the program is providing to assist not only those living with diabetes, but every tribal citizen. ..
The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. With Polynesian roots, these canoe people are best known for their warrior society, arts and rich culture. Approximately 15% of New Zealand's population are of Maori descent. To read more about their culture click HERE. ..
As we prepare for the 6th Annual Celebrating ABILITIES Powwow next month, the powwow committee has booth space available for tribal artists who are interested in selling their handcrafted items. Booth space begins at $75 for both days of the powwow along with a donation for the silent auction. Powwow attendance averages 1,200 people over the 2 day event and the powwow committee provides 2 meal tickets for vendors on Saturday evening. ..
For those of you in the South Lafourche area, we are happy to inform you that 88.9FM KUHN continues to play your cajun, zydeco and swamp pop classics around the clock from Monday through Saturday. Based upon community input, Sunday programming provides gospel music. ..
Gail Chehak, Program Development at the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association has extended an invitation to UHN tribal artists to take part in their upcoming annual conference in Marksville, Louisiana. Please see her message below for more information if you are interested in showcasing your work. ..
Earlier this week, the UHN Administration received notice that the Tribe was successful in its application to the US Department of Education's Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program. The purpose of the grant is to provide "Starting A Business" classes and workshops for tribal citizens residing within the UHN Service Area to determine if they are ready to begin a small business. The Service Area encompasses St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes. ..
Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal and the Advocate ran articles highlighting the proposed changes to the Federal Acknowledgment process and its potential impact on the UHN. Links to the articles are attached. ..
Consul General au New Orleans, Jean Claude Brunet has been reassigned by the French Government to Munich, Germany. Principal Chief Thomas Dardar met with him last week to discuss his re-assignmnet that is effective July 16, 2014. Mr. Brunet, who has been assigned to the New Orleans post throughout the four years of Principal Chief Dardar's first term, has been not only the UHN's local contact with the French government, but also a friend. ..
The United Houma Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program first came about funding in October 2000. In that time period hundreds of UHN tribal citizens with disabilities have sought assistance with getting or keeping employment. The Vocational Rehabilitation Program is a unique disability program that focuses on the abilities, skills and interests of the clients as opposed to only focusing on the person's limitations. The program is intended to help individuals, families and the community achieve self-sufficiency by gaining living wages for individuals with disabilities thus reducing their dependence on social programs. ..
The United Houma Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program is hosting a 4 part workshop series for the Older Worker. More and more older individuals are seeking employment as retirement and social security are not enough to support their families. However, older job seekers often struggle with how to be competitive and overcome the technology gaps compared to the younger work force. ..