Chief August Creppel (left) and Lawyer Derrick Prentice (right) signing documents for the new tribal office.
Houma, LA- Principal Chief August Creppel of the United Houma Nation (UHN) recently signed documents officially declaring ownership of it’s new tribal office and cultural center that was generously donated by the owners of the Oaks of Houma. This is not only a historic moment for UHN, but a huge step forward in bringing tribal citizens together despite the many tragic events that have affected the communities this year.
“We want to make this building a comfortable environment for our people to come together and be more united than ever before” said Principal Chief August Creppel. “This is a large space for us to accomplish many of the plans we’ve envisioned for our tribe.”
Along with this new building located at 400 Monarch Drive, Houma, the UHN is going to create avenues for tribal citizens to become more interactive through various opportunities. Some of these future plans include showcasing a tribal citizen art exhibit, an official archivist space to look at historic documents and photos, meeting and event spaces, classrooms, office space for rent, and other projected growth of tribal services.
“Our elders have announced their excitement for this move,” said Principal Chief August Creppel. “There was once a time whenever they were not allowed access to public places or schools due to segregation in Terrebonne Parish, so this makes them thrilled to see this move happen in their lifetime.”
The donation has helped pave the way for the UHN staff to come together in a common space in assisting tribal citizens. This will also allow the Tribal Council to potentially host council meetings while making the important decisions for the tribe.
“The donors from the Oaks of Houma have been very wonderful to work with and recognize the tribe’s efforts in providing the needs and services to the community,” said Principal Chief August Creppel.
As the Oaks of Houma moves to their new facility, this donation ensures their mission to continue providing services to this community.
“We are so thankful to the Oaks of Houma for this donation,” said Principal Chief August Creppel. “This donation means so much to our people.”
The move is planned to be completed during the first quarter of 2021 and will be open to tribal citizens once finished.