Tribe gets support for federal recognition _lowres

Tribal members dance in a circle during the United Houma Nations Calling of the Tribes Pow Wow, March 18, 2006 in Houma. (AP Photo/The Courier, Matt Stamey)

HOUMA (AP) — The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.

The Courier reports ( ) the council also asked the administrations of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and the Pointe-au-Chien tribes to submit necessary documents to receive similar council measures of support.

Potential policy shifts in the federal Department of the Interior may open the door for area Native American tribes to achieve federal recognition.

In recent days some controversy, stemming from misconceptions of the purpose of the council measure, stirred between members of the United Houma Nation, Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and Pointe-au-Chien tribes.

Councilwoman Arlanda Williams says the dissension is likely a result of the nature of the federal recognition process. She says the recognition the process is highly competitive.


Information from: The Courier