United Houma Nation


30 Mar

Louisiana Tribal Leaders Meet with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Posted by United Houma Nation on Sunday, March 30, 2014

Photo left to right:  Chairman Marshall Pierite, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, Former Chief and Council Woman Christine Norris, Jena Band of Choctaw Tribe, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Chief Cheryl Smith, Jena Band of Choctaw Tribe and Principal Chief Thomas Dardar, Jr., United Houma Nation.

Earlier tonight I was honored to be the invited guest of Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Marshall Pierite at the New Orleans reception and fundraiser for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.  Senator McConnell is currently travelling the country on a fundraising campaign.  Tonight was a great opportunity for two reasons in my perspective.  First and foremost, I am always honored and humbled to work side-by-side with my fellow tribal leaders on behalf of all Native People in Louisiana.  A key discussion tonight was the harmful impacts of the Supreme Court's Carcieri decision across Indian Country.  Additionally, as your Principal Chief it is important that I take advantage of every opportunity to educate all Congressional leaders to better understand the importance, challenges and battles we continue to pursue towards federal acknowledgement.

A very heartfelt thank you to the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and the Jena Band of Choctaw Tribe for their continued support of our Tribe in our recognition efforts.  On behalf of the Houma People, bien merci my brothers and sisters.

Thomas Dardar, Jr.
Principal Chief