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18 Aug

UHN Tribal Roll to Re-Close at the End of September

Posted by United Houma Nation on Monday, August 18, 2014

In 1990 the UHN Tribal enrollment process was suspended by the Tribal Council at the urging of the Bureau of Indian Affairs when the Tribe was placed on active status.  The purpose was to ensure no significant growth within the UHN enrollment rolls until the recognition process was concluded.  The only exception was for the processing of children of already enrolled citizens.

In 2008 the UHN Tribal Council agreed to re-open the rolls for all pending and new applicants to process the lengthy backlog of applicants that had been on hold for 18 years.  The re-opening was always intended to be temporary as the UHN is still under active consideration by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  At the UHN Tribal Council Meeting on August 16, 2014, the Tribal Council voted to re-institute the suspension of the processing of new member applications until further notice.  Again the only exception will be the processing of child applicants of existing members.  However, parents must complete the necessary enrollment documents prior to the child's 5th birthday. 

 Tribal Enrollment staff verified that hundreds of pending and new applicants have been processed in the 6 years of the re-opening.  All pending and new applicants that require processing are given notice they completed enrollment applications MUST be received by the UHN Enrollment Office by the end of the business day on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.  Applications will continue to be accepted after this date; however, they will be labeled pending and kept on file until the time that the UHN Tribal Council authorizes the complete processing of these applications. To read more about the UHN Enrollment Process and to access Enrollment Forms, click the link below.