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Louisiana State Tribal Recognition

Regular Session, 2004

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THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Legislature of Louisiana that the state of
Louisiana formally reacknowledges the Indian ancestry of members of the Isle de Jean
Charles Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees ("BCCM"), the Bayou
Lafourche Band of the BCCM, the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of the BCCM, known
collectively as the "BCCM Tribes" and the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe for the sole purpose
of qualifying for Indian education and health care benefits due these Native American

First Peoples' Conservation Council 

Established in 2012, the First Peoples’ Conservation Council (FPCC) of Louisiana is an Association that was formed to provide a forum for four State Recognized Native American Tribes and their respective Tribal Communities located in Coastal Louisiana to identify and solve natural resource issues on their Tribal lands.  We are a Council that gives a voice to Louisiana’ First Peoples on conservation issues that are important to us at the State and National levels. Through a strong partnership with the USDA-NRCS, the Council reviews and recommends proposals for conservation projects for Louisiana Tribal Members.

The member Tribes include: the Pointe au Chien Indian Tribe, Grand Bayou–Atakapa-Istak Tribe, Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians, and the Grand Caillou-Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians.

Raising Awareness Through Education

The Grand Caillou/Dulac Band visits with students from Williams-Mystic (The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT). Each semester students come down to learn about our history, culture and adaptation to the effects of erosion, hurricanes, land loss, sea level rise and climate change.

Every opportunity we have to raise awareness is another opportunity to be able to create positive change for the sake of our tribal community. 

Louisiana State Native American Commission

HLS 18RS-743

2018 Regular Session

BOARDS/COMMISSIONS: Creates the Native American Commission within the office of the governor.

Chief Shirell Parfait-Dardar spoke before the House Committee and explained the importance of establishing the commission and also thanked the House Committee for their continued support of the Tribes and Louisiana Native American citizens.


2018-05-10/House/Effective date: 08/01/2018.

2018-05-10/House/Signed by the Governor. Becomes Act No. 102.

2018-05-03/Senate/Read by title, passed by a vote of 30 yeas and 0 nays, and ordered returned to the House. Motion to reconsider tabled.

2018-04-09/House/Read third time by title, amended, roll called on final passage, yeas 92, nays 0. Finally passed, title adopted, ordered to the Senate.

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