Earlier this year, tribal leaders began having discussions with Terrebonne Parish School Board about its plans for the now unoccupied Daigleville School located at 8245 Main Street, Houma, Louisiana. The school, one of several located throughout tribal communities, first opened its doors in 1962 and was the first Indian School prior to the Civil Rights act of 1965 that allowed UHN tribal citizens to graduate from high school. The Daigleville School has been vacant for the last 10 years. ..
Tomorrow is the 5-year mark of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. I would encourage all of us to reflect not only on the event, but what we have learned from it and where we are today as the FIRST people living along the coast of southeast Louisiana. As the then Principal Chief elect, I vividly remember hearing the news announcements and recognizing immediately that it would be a significant event for our people. Five years later that expectation has come true and we still remain uncertain of the long-term effects and likely will not for many years to come unfortunately. ..
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. ..