Friday, September 26, 2008

United Houma Nation

From Gambit writer Sean David Hobbs, an excellent, heart wrenching article about his recent trip down to Terrebonne Parish to visit with United Houma Nation Principal Chief Brenda Dardar Robichaux.

I didn't know until I read this article that this Louisiana-recognized tribe is NOT recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Although the BIA acknowledged that the Houma had Native American ancestry, it was unable to find sufficient evidence that they were actually the descendents of the Houma tribe. Because of this, the United Houma Nation is ineligible to receive any sort of relief from the Federal Government for the myriad of losses they've been experiencing from Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.

But our Government can bail out a bunch of rich Wall Street Bankers. Go figure.

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