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Annual Atakapa-Ishak Back to School Drive

Members of the Atakapa-Ishak tribe donated school supplies to the St. Francis Assis School that flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Helping others to have the proper supplies is a must, a tribe member said in a statement. Recipients of the supplies

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Atakapa-Ishak members to participate in Lake Charles 150

Our group will be taking part in the 150 years Lake Charles celebration through presentations and the display of artifacts. Please check back for more information on upcoming events.  

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017!   Love the Chief and Council Members

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Chief Chretien participates in Atakapa Trade Days

As Published on KATC.com in  ST. MARTINVILLE – Attakapas Trade Day is happening now in St. Martinville. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Olivier Plantation Home, a variety of traditional craftsmen will be showcasing their skills throughout the

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Check out article written by Alligator band council member

Click the below link to read an article written by Council member Jeffery Darensbourg of the Alligator Band that was published by Situate Magazine. Traveling Light  

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Atakapa-Ishak awards first scholarship

Aliyajah Jude Papillion was the first recipient of the Atakapa-Ishak tribe’s annual scholarship. Papillion, is the son of shaman, Shawn Papillion.  The yearly award will be given to members of the tribe that are graduating high-school seniors. Further criteria is

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Seeds of Native Health

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals for its “Seeds of Native Health” grant program under its Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI). The purpose of the Seeds of Native Health campaign is to support Native

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Shaman’s daughter crowned Miss Louisiana

Congratulations are in order for Shawn Michael Jude Papillion, Shaman of the Atakapa-Ishak tribe. Shawn’s daughter, Maaliyah Papillion, was recently crowned Miss Louisiana. The Lake Charles native is a student at McNeese State University where she is studying Psychology with

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Cultural Fest big success

This year’s Culture Fest at the Lake Charles Civic Center held on Saturday, October 24, 2015, was a big success. During the Culture Fest, books from all over the world were brought to Lake Charles, La.  Tommie Townsely, publisher of Ally-Gator BookBites Publishing House,  even included

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Atakapa Trade Day November 7

Atakapas Trade Day Longellow-Evangeline State Historic Site St. Martinville, La Saturday, November 7- 10am-3pm In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Olivier Plantation Home, traditional craftsman will be showcasing their skills throughout the day. Outdoor/dutch oven cooking/soap making, spinning/weaving

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