Charlie Duthu

Houma, Louisiana

United Houma Nation
“I like the awareness of the Indians. What’s happening now is the Indian awareness that’s going on, and I think it’s too good because even though I’m a French Indian, I, this is how I live my life. I put God first, then my family, then my heritage.”
“Right now, it means when I see how the UHN is evolving and is transforming. I was on the Tribal Council back in 1977-1978 and it was kind of stuck. Now, I see it’s starting to evolve into something bigger and better. I don’t know if it’s the young people that’s doing it, but I feel now that we are ready to be recognized by the federal government. I feel with the leadership we have now, and the council of people, I feel that the time is right to be federally recognized and like what you are doing, what Brody’s doing, Brendan, that’s only gonna help our cause.”
“It was so good, loved it. I lived off Barrow Street in a shotgun house, we were poor. White poor people, we were the only Indian family. Behind us was black people. It was an area of town called Deweyville, predominantly black. I went to Indian school. My brothers before me they, the Indians before me were taught by the MacDonell Methodist Center. They taught the Indians who didn’t have school, and when it became 40 Indians, MacDonell had too many to teach so they approached the school board. The school board took the Gainesville school. It was a white school. They moved the children to Honduras and made it a Indian school. But back then, we only had up to the eighth grade. Eventually, we had a high school. How it was me growing up, I would go the people in my neighborhood, the white kids, I’ll tell you two stories. There was some pretty dancers at the Municipal Auditorium, I went with my friends. Playing the music, we were dancing, being kids. They found out, I don’t know how, I went to Gainesville School.”