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Federal Recognition Q & A

Q:  Is the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe part of the United Houma Nation (UHN) or have any relationship with the UHN?
A:  The Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe is NOT part of the UHN and has NO relationship with the UHN.  Individual tribal members, however, do associate with many members of other tribes. 
Q:  Is the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe part of the Biloxi-Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees or does the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe have a relationship with the BCCM?
A:  The Biloxi-Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees is comprised of three tribes:  the Isle a Jean Charles Band of BCCM, the Bayou Lafourche Band of BCCM and the Grand Caillou-Dulac Band of BCCM.  The Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe is NOT a part of the Conderation.  The Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe does work cooperatively with the BCCM on many issues, including state and federal recognition, among others.  The BCCM and Pointe-au-Chien also formed the Louisiana Coastal Tribes Coalition to respond to assist its members in responding to natural disasters. 
Q:  The Pointe-au-Chien Indians descend from the Houma Indians?
A:  There is no evidence that the Pointe-au-Chien Indians descend from the historical Houma Tribe, and the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe makes no such claim.  The Pointe-au-Chien people do descend from Houma Courteaux, a Biloxi medal chief, and it must be noted that in the Muskhogean languages, Houma means "red" person or "Indian."
The UHN claims that it descends from the historical Houma Tribe, and the Pointe-au-Chien does not.  The Pointe-au-Chien used a certified genealogist for its petition and its genealogist documented numerous Indian ancestors, none of whom are Houma. 
Q:  Did the Pointe-au-Chien break away from the UHN in response to its negative proposed finding issued in 1994?
A:  No, the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe filed its separate articles of incorporation as an autonomous Indian Community in 1993.  
Q:  Does the Pointe-au-Chien believe that the BIA's proposed finding was a divide and conquer method to ultimately deny recognition to Louisiana Tribes? 
A:  No.  The UHN met the social and political criteria until 1880 or so.  The UHN was formed by two communities (one in Dulac and one in Golden Meadow) in 1978, the same year the Federal Acknowledgment Process was created.  The Pointe-au-Chien community maintained its distinctiveness throughout the modern era. 
Q:  What does the Pointe-au-Chien proposed finding mean?
A:  The Pointe-au-Chien basically meet the criteria from 1830 to the present; the Pointe-au-Chien needs to focus on pre-1830 and political community from 1940-1988.  The Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe needs to provide and analyze documention prior to 1830 to prove (b), (c) and (e).  The Tribe also needs to compile and analyze data for criterion (c) from 1940-1988.  There are many copies to be obtained, documents to be analyzed, and summaries to be written. 
The Tribe is optimistic but recognizes that there is a substantial amount of work to be completed.  An accurate and detailed analysis prior to 1830 will benefit the BCCM, PACIT, and UHNs petitions. 
Q:  Can I help?
A:  YES YOU CAN!  Please email to volunteer.  Monetary donations are also accepted.  These can be sent to
Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe/Cultural Preservation
PO Box 416
Montegut, LA  70377  

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