The United Houma Nation is participating in President Obama's petition program. I am informed that if the tribe can collect 25,000 signatures in 30 days, then the petition will be passed through the proper legislative channels to be considered for enactment by Cogress and hopefully ending in federal recognition of the Houma. The deadline for signature collection is December 1.
The effort just began yesterday and there are more than 650 signatures already.
"The United Houma Nation has sought federal recognition for decades. The tribe has been recognized by state and foreign governments as an Indian tribe. In fact, Houma children were forced to attend a segregated Indian school until the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Located along Louisiana's Gulf Coast, the Houma Indian culture and community depend on the wetlands. The BP spill has devastated the Houma. However, BP denied the Houma's claim because they are not federally recognized.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recommends the United Houma Nation be recognized to preserve the Houma’s culture. An NAACP report stated the oil industry lobby is blocking their request because they want access to lands that would be protected under the federal designation."
Read about the history/timeline of the United Houma Tribe http://www.unitedhoumanation.org/node/13
And more about its history http://www.unitedhoumanation.org/node/12