Last week we announced that the UHN enrollment rolls would be closing effective October 1, 2014. Today I want to clarify that the closing is conditional. Applications for children ages 4 and under of enrolled parents will still be accepted. The closing is not an attempt to punish anyone; it is an attempt to ensure large growth of the tribal roll is not used as a barrier in processing our federal recognition petition. ..
It was an honor and pleasure to represent our citizens this week as our Tribal Council sought the support of the Parish Council's where our citizens reside. In both Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes this week the Parish Councils passed resolutions in support of the UHN's federal recognition efforts by unanimous seconds. Each Council during their discussions, shared their acknowledgement and recognition of the rich culture the Tribe brings to the parishes. ..
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. ..
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. ..