Federal Recognition

Louisiana governor leaves Indian affairs office vacant for years





Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has left the Office of Indian Affairs vacant for six years, a Republican lawmaker said.

As a result, Rep. Joe Harrison (R) said tribes in the state are missing out on millions of dollars in federal funds. He's sponsoring HB441 to restructure the office into a commission whose 14 members would represent each of the federally and state recognized tribes.

“In D.C. there’s a tremendous amount of money, but no one is parlaying it down," Harrison told The Houma Courier.

Thomas Dardar, the chief of the United Houma Nation, said he supports the bill.

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Indian tribes could see more funding (The Houma Courier 4/3)