Youth from the Chitimacha Tribe are seen with then-Interior secretary Sally Jewell in Louisiana in June 2016. Photo: U.S. Department of the Interior

Chitimacha Tribe signed treaty with France at New Orleans nearly 300 years ago

The Chitimacha Tribe is approaching a key milestone in its dealings with foreign nations.

The tribe signed a treaty with France in 1718, NOLA.Com reports. The agreement ended years of hostilities between the Chitimacha people and the new European arrivals.

"A treaty establishing peace was signed and a ceremony was held, which ended the long war in which the majority of the tribal members were annihilated," the tribe states on its website. "In the twelve years of conflict, many Chitimacha were forced into slavery and were the most enslaved of any population in Louisiana during that time period."

The 300th anniversary of the treaty coincides with the tricentennial of New Orleans, where the agreement was signed. The city is preparing a big celebration in 2018.

The tribe originally controlled the land where New Orleans was built. The reservation is about 140 miles west of the city.

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