Native Americans Louisiana Tribe Seeks Recognition

Native Americans In Louisiana Swamps Seek Tribal Recognition

Posted: Nov 26, 2015

This story is repeated time and time again


has been repeated for all of my life and then some!

Stories like this is why


( Shechaim Ohjieshan – (Sachem Walkingfox)

am still alive,

still writing,

still speaking


why even though I joined the service to protect this

“My Country!”

I am so ashamed of this

“My Country!”

This “My Country”

has no right to pick and chose

whose ancestors were living in this

“MY Indian Country!”

Before first contact!

This is why, for whatever it is worth,

I offer my name,

for whatever it is worth,

my time, for whatever it is worth,

my life!

If all of the

“Down trotted non-recognized by this My Country!”

Like these brothers and sisters of

“Houma Tribe!”

Will join together by the will of Kiehtan (Creator) and the “Grandfathers”


your ancestors

to kick the scoundrels that are holding you back,

out of office and replace with one of our own!

LAFITTE, La. (AP) — Giovanni R. Santini has done just about all he could to prove he’s an American Indian over the decades he’s lived in his Louisiana bayou town — even fighting with his fists to defend his bloodline with the Houma tribe.

“Every day at school they’d beat me up, bloody me up, for being Indian,” recalled the 80-year-old Santini, who’s worked on tugboats, laid pipelines and built homes. “We became good fighters because they beat us up so much. Even teachers didn’t like me … We earned our respect with fights!”

Today the folks in Lafitte, this town of fishermen and oilfield workers, don’t doubt he’s a proud member of the 17,000-strong tribe of Houma Indians scattered over south Louisiana’s bayou communities.

Not so for the federal government.

For decades, efforts by the Houma to become a federally recognized native American tribe have failed. It’s a story common across the nation for dozens of groups that have come up short while trying to prove they should be treated as sovereign nations.

But this could change.

In June, the Obama administration hit the reset button on how a tribe becomes recognized by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, or BIA. It’s a sea change that’s expected make it much less difficult for many tribes — including the Houma — to achieve tribal status.

The biggest difference is that a tribe now will have to prove its existence and cohesion starting only in 1900. Until now, tribes had to prove they’d been intact tribes — with unique identities, cultures and governance — dating to historical times. For the Houma, that meant tracing a history stretching back to 1682 when French explorers first wrote about them.

Besides the Houma, there are four other tribes alone in coastal Louisiana seeking sovereignty. And much is at stake: water rights, land rights, fishing rights, mineral rights and millions of dollars in federal aid. Sovereignty also brings taxation and law-making powers.

For south Louisiana’s native Americans, obtaining federal recognition could be a major step for impoverished American-Indian communities in their struggle to survive and hold onto ancestral lands disappearing along the Gulf. Traditionally, these communities lived off the riches of the marshes — fishing, trapping and foraging.

Places like Lafitte have been battered by coastal erosion, loss of fisheries and environmental assaults such as the catastrophic 2010 Gulf oil spill.

“It’s definitely a fight for survival,” said Thomas Dardar, chief of the United Houma Nation. “The coast is being washed out. We just go from one disaster after another.”

Facing such difficulties, the Houma tribe — which has been recognized as a tribe by the state — seeks to maintain its cohesion. It has a tribal council, sponsors cultural events, such as summer camps and pow wows, and has a cultural center in Golden Meadow.

It’s far from clear what federal recognition would do for tribes pursuing claims over coastal lands rich in oil and gas. Most of south Louisiana is in private hands. But legal experts agreed that it was unlikely that Louisiana’s coastal tribes suddenly would be given any large tracts.

“I don’t think ConocoPhillips will have to turn all its lands over to the American Indians,” said Mark Davis, a Tulane University law professor and expert on Louisiana’s coastal issues.

Lawyer Patty Ferguson, a member of the Pointe-Au-Chien tribe, hopes her tribe can at the least have more power to save Indian mounds, burial sites and other tribal areas eroding into the Gulf.

“With federal recognition, we’ll have more voice,” Ferguson said.

The federal government presently recognizes four tribes in Louisiana — the Chitimacha, Choctaw, Chousatta and Tunica-Biloxi tribes, though these were historically larger and intact tribes living farther inland.

The Houma tribe pushed for federal recognition starting before World War II. Rejected by the BIA in 1994, the tribe has been appealing since. In the 90s, Louisiana politicians even sought tribal recognition through Congress but failed.

It wasn’t that the Houma tribe couldn’t prove they had native American ancestry. A Houma tribe was mentioned in French documents as early as 1682. The French said the Houma — with a red crawfish as their symbol — were living roughly where Baton Rouge is today and marked their territory with a “Baton Rouge,” French for “Red Stick.” Priests historically described the Houma as a rich culture with male and female leaders.

But the BIA argued the tribe eventually went extinct amid intermarriage and disease. It also rejected claims the Houma were an organized tribe, calling them an amalgamation of native American groups.

Many experts disagreed.

“They had a pretty strong case,” said Mark Miller, a Southern Utah University history professor who wrote about the Houma petition in a book, “Forgotten Tribes.”

Miller argues the Houma case revealed flaws in the tribal recognition process. He said the BIA relied too much on written records, of which none exist for the Houma. The group’s isolation in Southern swamps also hurt its chances.

Greatly disappointed, Houma leaders said they’ve been discriminated against by a federal government more keen to protect Louisiana oil and gas development than defend tribes.

“There’s too much involved,” Santini said, interviewed in a small wooden home he built. “Too much land involved. They don’t want to give the land back.”

His front room exudes his native American spirit: Indian art is on display, a handmade spear graces the corner, and framed tribal documents and albums with ancestors’ photos abound.

Like many native Americans, he claims his family was illegally forced off their land decades ago.

“The oil companies are the biggest ones to take our land,” he said. With pride he added: “We’re still Indian. They can’t take that from me.”

Florida Government has a plan????

Finding answers to meet water demands in south Lake

Florida three ‘Water Management District’ have a plan?



What is it going to cost us?

We in Florida should have learned our lesson when Florida Government has a play?

Pay close attention all Floridians, Small Business Owners, Snowbirds, Visitors and Retirees!

(1)- This plan includes the constant restrictions on


“Only your water use!”

(2)- Also drilling into the filthy Lower Aquifer, now even polluted from sea water among many more unspeakable things!

(3)- Their simple minded thinking is only until 2035?

Why not do the right thing now, save money (All Taxpayers Money), save the environment and our drinking water?

Japan ready to patrol South China Sea, navy official says

It is way past time for the free world to allow this free country (Japan)

to help control the free world from communist countries and terrorist?


Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas, commander of U.S. Seventh Fleet, and U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift during a U.S. Seventh Fleet change of command ceremony at the Fleet Activities Yokosuka, in Kanagawa, Japan, on Sept. 7. The United States and Japan said that neither side has plans to launch joint patrols in the South China Sea, even as the two navies conducted a joint training exercise at sea.

Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI License Photo

Japan has become more vocal about China’s activities since the passage of a security bill that would allow its troops to fight overseas.

TOKYO, Nov. 25 (UPI) — Japan is prepared to dispatch a warship to the South China Sea to monitor Beijing’s land reclamation activities.

Vice Adm. Yasuhiro Shigeoka, commander of Japan’s Self Defense Fleet, said on Tuesday that the Maritime Self-Defense Force is prepared to enter into patrol activities at any time, and “upon command,” the Mainichi Shimbun reported.

The statement comes the same day the United States and Japan said that neither side has plans to launch joint patrols in the South China Sea, even as the two navies conducted a joint training exercise at sea, USA Today reported.

The exercise was held for 10 days and involved 32 U.S. and Japanese warships, along with aircraft — 25 of the vessels were Japanese and 7 were U.S. warships.

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, headquartered in Yokosuka, Japan, said the exercises would “enable [the United States and Japan] to help one another because ships can be spread out over the ocean…We think it bodes well for the future, not only for our two countries but for the Western Pacific.”

Japanese press reported Aucoin did not have specific plans for a U.S.-Japan patrol of the South China Sea, but a mission could take place in the future.

At a meeting with President Obama in Manila, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged closer cooperation with the United States, Kyodo News reported. Abe had reportedly said he would review the impact of China’s activities on Japan’s security, and has expressed support for “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea.

Tokyo passed a controversial security bill in September that would allow its military to serve in overseas missions, whenever it or a close ally is attacked.

On Tuesday, opposition party lawmakers with the Democratic Party of Japan agreed to submit a bill in January, requesting the repeal of the security law backed by Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party.



Planned Parenthood shooting

Is this just the beginning?

What is it called when a person or persons is tied into a murder investigation only not the shooter?

Accessory to the crime


2nd degree murder!

An accessory to a Crime 

(is a person who assists in the commission of a crime, but who does not actually participate in the commission of the crime as a joint principal. In some jurisdictions, an accessory is distinguished from an accomplice, who normally is present at the crime and participates in some way.)

The fault of this horrible crime

must at the very least

fall on the shoulders of our

Federal Congress and the Media

because of their premature daily bombardment of faults claims

and their total disregard for the law of the land!

2nd degree-

(a non-premeditated killing, resulting from an assault in which death of the victim was a distinct possibility).

A Law?

(Every person working at or needed the assistance of “Planned Parenthood” is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law!)

Presumption of Innocence

(A principle that requires the government to prove the guilt of a criminal defendant and relieves the defendant of any burden to prove his or her innocence).

Congress, for the most part, Republicans in both houses of congress and every news media

had them all tried in the news convicted and hung a very long time ago, only to find out that they are all innocent of all crimes!

Witness faced off with gunman at parking lot

By Faith Karimi and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

November 28, 2015


Once again the weapon of choice of this Hideous crime was a Russian built AK-47 assault rifle!

Bear Policy Discussion Seminole County (((?)))

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda!


Leaving trash out

COULD MEAN????????

How long has this been going on?

How long before we actually get to save our Black Bears?

If one of the richest county in the state wanted the wildlife, bears and such, around their neighborhood and the rest of the county’s in the state did not, this, Seminole County and the rest of the state would be over populated with wildlife, bears and such.

It all depends on who is feeding the coffers (bank account)

of our politicians!

The governor’s budget will allow for bear proof trash containers in Seminole County as long as all of the Floridians taxes pay for them!

What does the governor’s budget have to do with Floridians needing to paying for their own containers?

Leaving trash out could mean fines for Seminole County residents in bear area.

Never mind could mean,

FINE THEM!!!!!!!!!!


Bears are always on the move in Seminole County, often found scrounging for food in trash cans.

A proposed county ordinance would mean that some Seminole County homeowners have to keep food scraps in the house or garage, or locked up in a bear-proof trash can.


“You’ve got to be very careful with your trash can.

Make sure it’s sealed. Just take care of that,” resident Pedro Rodriguez said.

The proposed ordinance would mean a fine of $100 a day

for those who put trash out before 5 a.m. on collection day,

or leaving their cans out after 8 p.m.

Residents who have purchased bear-proof trash cans are exempt.

READ: Draft copy of bear ordinance

“It’s impossible to do it.

We would get fined because sometimes we have to put the trash out the night before, and everyone puts their trash out the night before,”

resident Barbara Hansla said.

Barbara Hansla and her husband, Carl Hansla, said their small dogs have made them more aware of bears.

“Just leave (the bear) alone and just let people have common sense.

It’ll work,” Carl Hansla said.

After three bear attacks in Seminole County in the past two years, some residents said you can’t be too careful.

“Because we all live together, it should be that way,” Rodriguez said.

Residents said leaving turkey fryers and grills out can also attract bears.

The ordinance would also prohibit residents leaving pet food outside and would put restrictions on what kind of bird feeders can be in yards.

The ordinance would affect those living in the Urban Bear Management Area, an area of Seminole County where there is a high incidence of bears looking for food in trash containers.

Commissioners will determine the boundaries of that area. 

Commissioners are expected to take up the ordinance on Dec. 8.

Thanksgiving Day

A little bit of time back into history.

What really is thanksgiving day?

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.

Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations.

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!

What is a pilgrim?

A traveler.

When was the first Thanksgiving celebrated?

The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated by the early settlers of the Plymouth Plantation (in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts) after their first harvest in 1621. Autumn or early winter feasts continued sporadically in later years, first as an impromptu religious observance, and later as a civil tradition.

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!

Who celebrates a first thanksgiving?

Just about every country has or did celebrate a thanksgiving.

The natives through-out Indian Country were celebrated many types of thanksgiving long before the Pilgrim stumbled on our shores half dead from hunger.

Because of this feeding of the hungry, the Red/black and the White spent a number of years as friendly neighbors.

This was the first and the last time that the White treated the Red and the Black neighbors friendly!

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!

The point that we all should remember, after the games, parades and food is spent, we clean up the mess and sleep them off, is to

have a Happy Thanksgiving Day every day of our lives?

AQUINE–(Peace) to all of my followers this day


for the rest on your lives?


What do your do when you job is at stake?

Stump your bosses of course!

Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi is fearing for her job now that her “Lord and Master” (BOSS) can no longer run for his office,

because his two terms is about to expire.

She has changed her ad’s a number of times and taking credit for everything good happening in Florida for the past 100 years!

Unless the Florida Congress actually completes its plan to change the law that will keep them all in their office!

Yes, you are reading this correctly, congress is actually planning on voting to extend their stay longer then a two year term!


1. a person who employs or superintends workers.

2. a politician who controls the party organization, as in a particular district.

3. to be master of or over; control.

4. to order about, especially in an arrogant manner.

5. to be too domineering and authoritative.

6. chief; master.


1. All the voting public.

However, it no longer matters how you vote in Florida because if the congress in Florida does not like the vote, they just changes it to what they want it to be,

as with Amendment #1!

Protect the Environment to put the money in the pet projects of the politicians!

Remember to keep voting republican so that you can keep getting “Nothing!’

 “So that they can keep getting everything that they want for themselves!”

Can a white couple be married by a native spiritual leader?

Walkingfox, “I’ll tell you why I ask, we both want to get married and were told that she would lose more than half of her social security if we do.

We were both told by our parents that we are native Indians but we do not know much more?

I see by your writing that there might be hope for us?”


Welcome Beth and Marty from Carlisle, Massachusetts,_Massachusetts

To my tripod Mohegan/Pequot Alter site.

My honor and love for my Grandfather, Shechaim Ohjieshan (TALLFOX).

Sorry this has taken so long to get back to you, a little busy lately!

I see you, as did I, moved out of New England, maybe your reason was also health.

Beth and Marty, if you do have blood (Native American Ancestors) you will feel it, especially getting along in years as am I.

In Florida you many have already found out there are many seniors in your predicament with social security and this congress and their lack of caring.

Mind you that I cannot and never would change anything in our culture or ceremonies set down by my ancestors.

This is what has always been possible, native or not, in a traditional tribe.

Remember, the tribes up north that are on reservation (Casino Indians) might need to follow the laws of the government and not so much the laws of Creator?

We have always and will always follow Kiehtan (Creator) and if it does not conflict with Creator, follow the laws of the government.

This government does not recognize our people therefore our culture or ceremonies.

So, (yes) “Non-Recognized Tribes” do marry elders of many religions and beliefs and the government will not recognize the marriage.

Therefore this government cannot help themselves to ‘your hard earned right to your retirement fund’.

If you do go to a “Creator Fearing Tribe” and this tribe places you under the protection of Creator, you will most assuredly be recognized when your time come for your

“Crossing Ceremony!”

The only time that it should ever count?

Thank you for your visit.

Remember that you found your way to this sites

Never fear, we are only a website or blog away.

and if you have questions or comments,


If you need more information please write?



Peace to you

I like it when you write comments.

I love it when you have question.

Hope that this is of some help to you?

If Not



of the Mohiigan People 

(Maïngan – Yáw – Wolf-People).

Shechaim Ohjieshan (Sachem Walkingfox)

Native ceremony pipes

Welcome Kashechewan Ontario Canada

To one of our many posting about a Native American Ceremonial Pipes.

I am not sure if you ever found what it was that you were looking for and I might add I can see why.

I also must say that I am not sure how tribes like the Cree, in your country treat pipes or lately how this country does either?

Are you looking for information or wanting to buy a pipe?

Because and you may not want this site, you see, one can never buy a “Sacred Pipe” or anything else “Sacred” for that matter so please do not get taken in by “phony dealers?”

What you can buy is a pipe made to maybe someday become sacred.

After it goes through the proper ceremony by a qualified Spiritual Elder in a true traditional Native American Tribe?

If someone is trying to sell you anything Sacred, put your money away and walk, because if that person was truth, that person would not be selling?

If you do buy, Kiehtan (Creator) will Immediately remove the spirit of the pipe so you have ‘nothing’!

What is our pipe ceremony?

The ceremonial use of the pipe is a simple ritual.

The Friendship pipe is loaded with native tobacco called kinnick, kinnick a mixture of commonly found herbs.

While it may still be true after everything that has happen to the Red Man in our past by Europeans and Hollywood, some of the western tribes might still make a Peace pipe.

We do not!

If this posting is confusing please do not get discouraged and write for more in-put, after a little note on why you wish a pipe?


 Vulgar sign sparks feud between neighbors in Orange City

The city has a free expression sign ordinance, allowing people to put up whatever they want as long as it is no bigger than 3 feet high and 5 feet long and is hanging.

It is called the ‘Sunshine Law’ and it looks like you can write anything that you wish on a sign in your yard in Florida.

You just cannot live in a house in Florida if you’re not married by government approves officials, it is called ‘the Blue Law!

And you can be arrested and fined!