United Houma Nation

Meet The Tribal Council

District 1<p>Adam Crappel</p>

District 1

Adam Crappel

District 1: St. Mary

Mr. Adam Crappel began serving on the United Houma Nation Tribal Council in June 2012. He is the owner and President of A&E Office Machines, Inc. based in Morgan City, Louisiana. He represents District 1, which encompasses all of St. Mary Parish.

District 11

District 11

District 11:Lafourche

District 2<p>Lora Ann Chaisson</p>

District 2

Lora Ann Chaisson

District 2: Terrebonne

Ms. Chaisson is serving as the District 2 councilwoman, which consist of Bourg, Chauvin, Grand Bois, Isle de Jean Charles, Montegut, and Pointe aux Chene. She is the UHN delegate to the National Congress of American Indians. She is the daughter of Theo and the late Betty Chaisson.

District 3<p>Pierre Solet</p>Parliamentarian

District 3

Pierre Solet


District 3: Terrebonne

Mr. Solet was elected to the council in June 2016. He has resided in Dulac all of his life. He owned several businesses including the P & S Grocery and D & B Grocery & Hardware for 20 years. Pierre worked for Hope Services for 5 years and Candies Shipyard until his retirement this summer. Mr. Solet served on the board of the Dulac Community Center for 10 years and he currently is serving his 3rd term on the National Tekawitha Conference Board as the Finance Chair. His previous two terms on the board he served as Chair. Active in his church he is also currently serving on the board of the Holy Family Catholic Church Council.

District 4<p>John Silver</p>

District 4

John Silver

District 4: Terrebonne

John Silver was born March 4, 1980 in the small, predominately Houma Indian community of Dulac, Louisiana. Born to John Silver and Lucretia Parfait McDonald, he was reared by his grandparents, Pearly Gregoire Parfait and the late Antoine Clarence Parfait, Sr. Surrounded by an out sized loving family, including quite a large extended family, they reared John on the traditions so important to the identity of being Houma along with imparting in him an interest and love of food, family, Houma-French language and traditional way of life that is still ever present today.

District 5<p>Chuck Duthu</p>

District 5

Chuck Duthu

District 5: Terrebonne

Charlton “Chuck” Duthu was born in Houma, Louisiana. He and his brother were raised by their mother, Anna M. Parfait and their maternal grandfather, Joseph Parfait in Dulac, Louisiana where they were taught the importance of an education and to have pride in your heritage. He has been living in Houma for over 30 years now.

District 6<p>Maryal Mewherter- Treasurer</p>

District 6

Maryal Mewherter- Treasurer

District 6: Terrebonne

Maryal Dion-Mewherter, a recent graduate of Post University, earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Legal Studies. She previously worked with BISCO, a 501(c)(3), non-profit advocacy organization, (Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing) in Thibodaux, LA, as a Community Advocate/Community Health Worker. She works in communities of South Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption, and Jefferson (Grand Isle); or where communities are negatively impacted by disasters. She also has experience in other areas of non-profit organization such as outreach, case management, community based resources and referral network, housing programs, healthcare, disability, environmental issues and fund raising.

District 7<p>Monique Verdin</p>Tribal Secretary

District 7

Monique Verdin

Tribal Secretary

District 7: St. Bernard/Plaquemines

Monique Verdin joined the Tribal Council in June of 2016, representing District 7, encompassing St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes, as well as the city of Gretna in Jefferson Parish. Monique’s grandparents, Armantine and Toussaint Verdin, migrated from Terrebonne’s Pointe aux Chenes to eastern St. Bernard parish, in the early 1940’s, with a small band of Houmas in search of work and land, access to education and the right to vote. Monique was born and currently lives in St. Bernard.

District 8<p>Vacant</p>

District 8


District 8: Jefferson

District 9<p>Currently Vacant</p>

District 9

Currently Vacant

District 9: Jefferson

Metairie (70001-70006), Kenner (70062-70065), Harahan (70123), Jefferson (70121) and Waggaman/Westwego/Bridge City/Avondale (70094-96)

District<p>Donny Verdin</p>


Donny Verdin

District 10: Lower Lafourche

Donny Verdin was born and raised on bayou Lafourche. He has spent his life fishing and enjoying traditional bayou living. He is the son of Daniel and Tammy Verdin. He and his wife Celima assist with youth activities and volunteer in various ways with Lafourche Indian education. He has a passion for tribal culture and the Houma Language.