On Tuesday, July 1st, a delegation of nearly 25 tribal citizens and leaders traveled to Marksville, Louisiana for the first of six public meetings and tribal consultations to hear and weigh in on the proposed Part 83 regulations. Part 83 of the Bureau of Indian Affairs regulations that related to the process and requirements for the federal acknowledgment process. ..
Many of you may already know my Dad, Thomas Dardar, Sr., better known as Brown. As the oldest of eleven children, I saw my Dad care for each and everyone of us and instilled in us a strong sense of responsibility and care for family. I remember working with him at the age of 14 where he taught me to operate a dragline, fish for oysters and work hard. Additionally he also taught us all how to laugh. I've never known my Dad to not have a smile on his face. ..
With today being the first day of Hurricane season, now is certainly the time to reflect on the needs of our communities that are so at risk and vulnerable during this time of year. In the past it was okay to stay home and batten down the hatches; however, due to the land loss the protections our communities had in the past are unfortunately too little to withstand the strength of hurricanes and tropical storms. ..
In the 1930s two school buildings were floated down Bayou Terrebonne that became the Indian School in Montegut. During the mid 80s, the UHN purchased the property and building, which required some much needed attention following flooding in 1992 with Hurricane Andrew. Through the work of volunteers, the building soon became a gathering place for the tribal communities in the eastern bayou communities of Terrebonne Parish where community meetings and gatherings took place regularly. Additionally a community church operated from the building for a few years until their permanent facility was built. ..
In the early morning hours of Friday, May 2nd, I was rushed to the hospital when I became very weak and ill suddenly. Upon arrival, the staff discovered that my appendix had ruptured and I was scheduled for an emergency appendectomy. I spent 6 days in the hospital recuperating and spent an additional week at home resting. ..
I am honored, proud and overwhelmed by the hard work of the 2014 UHN Jazz Fest volunteers. Jazz Fest is the largest fundraiser and volunteer led initiative conducted by our people. The UHN operates a food booth at the fest, which spans 7 days over 2 back-to-back weekends, that requires over 20 volunteers a day to operate efficiently. Our volunteers this year were without a doubt the most hardworking we have ever seen. Not only does the event require volunteers on-site during the fest, but I also recognize the help of the many people who help with preparation for the fest. ..
For the last 2 years the United Houma Nation Tribal Council has been in discussions with representatives of the French Embassy, French Consulate Generals Office and French officials in developing a multi-purpose, comprehensive tribal cultural center. The project grew from a discussion about the preservation of the Houma French language and the vision for a center that would preserve tribal identity. ..
The Louisiana Governor's Office of Indian Affairs has been vacant since 2010. From the tribal perspective, the Office is a means of maintaining an effective government-to-government relationship with the State of Louisiana. Representative Joe Harrison of Gray recognizes the importance of this office and has been an advocate for our people seeking action by the Governor in recognizing that the Office of Indian Affairs is critical. However, we have seen no action from Jindel's office. ..
Just as the website was going live, Vice Principal Chief Lora Ann Chaisson from Point aux Chene and I were in Washington, DC for some very important meetings to advance and network our Tribe on a national level. From March 10-13, we met with members of Congress to continue our advocacy efforts towards federal recognition and participated in the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Legislative Conference. Ms. Chaisson and I both left DC feeling productive. We reminded our legislators the importance of federal recognition for our people, reconnected with many of our tribal friends and supporters and identified some new potential partners and opportunities to strengthen programs for tribal citizens. ..