Presently, there are about 1,800 members of six bands of the Atakapa-Ishak Nation. They are formally organized with Tribal Council headed by Edward Chretien, Jr., Principal Chief of the Nation. In May 2012, Chretien became known as “Chief Crying Eagle,” the name by which each Principal Chief is known.

Chief Crying Eagle Edward Chretien

Atakakapa-Ishak Ancestry

Godefroy DeCuir(Godfroy DeCuir)
Relationship: 2nd great grand uncle of Edward Chretien Jr.
Birth 15 Jun 1843 in Louisiana, United States    ID: I6128
  • Name: Godefroy DECUIR
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 May 1777 in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana
  • Baptism: Baptism 18 Jul 1778 Fr. Louis Marie
  • Event: God Parents Jean Babbe & Julie AuzenneFather: Francois DECUIR b: 1742
    Mother: Marie Magdelaine LABBE
 DECUIR, Godefroi M St. Martinville, St. Martin, La Francois DECUIR Marie LABBE 12 May 1777
Godefroi DeCuir served with his brother-in-law the pirate turned State Militia Corporal, during the Battle of New Orleans.
In December, 1814, Zenon was in Dubuclet’s Troop of Hussars at the Battle of New Orleans, as a corporal. This unit served as messengers and information gatherers for Andrew Jackson, and can be found stationed next to Jackson’s headquarters in the deMacarty house. They were referred to as the “Attakapas Dragoons.”


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