The Office of Indian Affairs seeks to enhance the individual and collective communities of indigenous people in Louisiana by serving as a resource and referral agent for Louisiana Native Americans and tribes seeking assistance navigating local, state, and national policies. The Office of Indian Affairs also serves as a pass through to provide funding to various local entities in Avoyelles Parish for infrastructure and awards scholarships to Native American students. 

Click here for a full list of Louisiana's federally and state recognized tribes. 


Office of Indian Affairs Native American Commission 

The commission’s purpose is to advise the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs regarding issues pertaining to Native Americans, identify the needs and concerns of the Native Americans in Louisiana, establish criteria for state tribe recognition and recommend criteria to the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs and the legislature for adoption and implementation, review applications for the Office of Indian Affairs Scholarship and recommend scholarship awardees to the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs, promote Native American culture, awareness, and education across the state, promote Native American Heritage Month in Louisiana and conduct a comprehensive review of all state departments and agencies to identify obstacles to the effective delivery of governmental services by all service providers at all levels of government to Native Americans, propose methods for removing those obstacles, and submit such proposals to the appropriate governmental entity or entities.


Office of Indian Affairs Scholarship

With assistance from the Louisiana Indian Educational Association, the Office of Indian Affairs annually provides awards to Native American students from Louisiana tribes to attend a college or higher education institution of their choice. The awards are funded through proceeds received from the renewal and sale of special prestige license plates for motor vehicles representing Native American culture in accordance with RS 47:463:78. Recipients are selected based on academic and financial need. 

Applications for the 2022 Scholarship are now open. Click here for the application. 

Click here for additional information on how to obtain the American Indian special plate. 


Constituent Services

The Office of Indian Affairs serves as a resource for individual constituent and agency inquiries regarding a myriad of issues facing Louisiana Native Americans including sovereignty of federal tribes, connecting state agencies, federal agencies and individuals with tribes, custody issues relating to Native American children, as well as directing Native Americans to appropriate state agencies as needed.


Isle de Jean Charles Resettlement Grant

The Isle de Jean Charles Resettlement Grant is a $48 million dollar grant awarded from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to Louisiana through the Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit. The goal of the grant is to successfully resettle the residents of Isle de Jean Charles located on Louisiana’s coastline as well as serve as a model resettlement resiliency project for the nation. This area, Isle de Jean Charles, is projected to be completely taken over by water in the next sixty years due to land loss and climate change.

Regional Map 

Region 3:

  • Bayou Lafourche Band – Lafourche Parish
  • Chitimacha Tribe – St. Mary Parish
  • Grand Caillou/Dulac Band – Terrebonne Parish
  • Jean Charles Choctaw Nation – Terrebonne Parish
  • Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe – Lafourche & Terrebonne Parishes
  • United Houma Nation – Assumption, Lafourche, Terrebonne & St. Tammany Parishes

Region 5:

  • Coushatta Tribe – Allen Parish
  • Four Winds Cherokee – Beauregard Parish

Region 6:

  • Clifton Choctaw – Rapides & Vernon Parishes
  • Four Winds Cherokee – Vernon Parish
  • Jena Band of Choctaw – Grant Parish
  • Tunica Biloxi Tribe – Avoyelles Parish

Region 7:

  • Addai Caddo – Natchitoches Parish
  • Apache Choctaw – Sabine Parish
  • Natchitoches Tribe – Natchitoches Parish

Resources 

Health Resources

The Louisiana Department of Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Indian Health Service
National Resource Center on Native American Aging 
Association of American Indian Physicians

Education Resources

Louisiana Department of Education 
Louisiana Board of Regents 
Louisiana Association Of Independent Colleges & Universities 
Financial Aid for Native American Students 
American Indian College Fund 
National Indian Education Association 
American Indian Graduate Center 
U.S. Dept. of Education American Indian Services
Nursing Scholarships for First Generation College Students 

Employment Resources

Louisiana Workforce Commission 
Louisiana Department of State Civil Service Job Seekers  


Contact

Staff:

Chandler Vidrine, Executive Director

Phone:

225-342-1620 

Email: 

chandler.vidrine@la.gov 

Address: 

Governor's Office of Indian Affairs
Louisiana State Capitol
900 N. Third St. 
Baton Rouge, LA 70804