Meet The Tribal Council
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.
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: 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: 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: 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.
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.
Monique VerdinTribal 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.
August "Cocoa" Creppel
Vice Principal Chief
District 8: Jefferson
August Creppel, more commonly known in the community as "Cocoa", serves on the Tribal Council representing District 8, which is the majority of the Westbank of Jefferson Parish. On July 9, 2016, Cocoa was elected to be the Vice Principal Chief of the United Houma Nation. Cocoa is a fireman with the Jefferson Parish Fire Department and operates his own small food truck business on the weekends. Cocoa, a men's traditional dancer, has been a fixture at southeastern powwows for years; however, recently he is becoming known for his powwow food truck services selling fry bread and gumbo.
District 9: Jefferson
Metairie (70001-70006), Kenner (70062-70065), Harahan (70123), Jefferson (70121) and Waggaman/Westwego/Bridge City/Avondale (70094-96)
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.
Michael Dardar Sr.
Michael Raymond Dardar Sr. was born in Golden Meadow, Louisiana. He is the son of Raymond Mayheart Dardar and Elsie Dardar. Michael spent childhood and adolescent years trawling and trapping with his father, later, working as crane operator, diesel mechanic, and tankerman. He was a member of the UHN Tribal Council for 16 years serving as Vice-Principal Chief and appointed tribal historian by then Principal Chief Brenda Dardar Robichaux. Mr. Dardar is the author of 3 books on tribal history and culture, a contributor to 3 anthologies and numerous articles on coastal and Indigenous issues.