Over the last several months I have been sharing with you all my intentions to plan and coordinate a tribal men's retreat. I am excited and pleased to invite our tribal men to participate in a day of brotherhood and celebration on Saturday, October 25, 2014. I will be hosting this day filled with traditional outdoor activities at my home in Houma. ..
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. ..
I feel sadden, disheartened and ultimately resolved to share with you my observations of the harm diabetes is causing in our communities. A tribal elder passed on this week after living with diabetes for a number of years. The condition had been waging war with her for many years and seemed to take more and more from her as the years rolled by. Near the end of her life her physician had recommended amputation; however, knowing her time on Earth was nearing its end, she was determined to enter her afterlife intact and whole. I was awed by the strength and determination of my elder to maintain control of her physical body til the end. ..
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. ..