Native Americans in Louisiana swamps seek tribal recognition
LAFITTE- Giovanni R. Santini has spent decades trying to prove he's an American Indian, and folks in his bayou town no longer doubt he's a proud member of Louisiana's 17,000-strong Houma tribe.
Not so for the federal government. For decades, efforts by the Houma to become a federally recognized native American tribe have failed - much like those of dozens of other groups nationwide.
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. The biggest difference is that a tribe now will have to prove its existence and cohesion starting only in 1900 - and not from historical times to the present - offering hope for the Houma to be acknowledged as a tribe.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Watchdogs question discipline of trooper who improperly ran names through databases
State wrongly seized money from woman, 2 On Your Side got it...
Intruder dead, another arrested and more arrests possible after homeowner defends property
Reported cat killings scare Shenandoah neighbors
Front doors at Louisiana Capitol stay closed another year