Community Programs

Community Programs are those services and initiatives that are either lead by non-UHN partners, but serving tribal citizens or typically lead by volunteer efforts in the community. The majority of these programs are housed at the UHN Houma Office. The Community Programs Department is the location of new and emerging programs that may be time limited. Current programs available are listed below.

Native Workforce Investment Act Funding and Assistance

The Inter-Tribal Council of Louisiana (ITCLA) provides comprehensive employment and training opportunities to American Indians in the State of Louisiana who are unemployed, underemployed, economically disadvantaged, or determined to-be-in-need. The ITCLA is a consortium of five tribes and has successfully administered Section 166 Indian and Native American Programs for more than 48 years. Consortium members are the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, Jena Band of Choctaw Tribe, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and the United Houma Nation.

The Institute for Indian Development was formed by these tribes in 1981 to plan and promote new areas of future development through trained community leadership while recognizing the traditions and success of earlier years of the Inter-Tribal Council. The goal of the Institute for Indian Development is to promote self-determination, identify and develop existing resources, promote comprehensive community planning, and finally to package these assets for the future growth of the member tribes. 

The ITCLA is seeking career driven Indian and Native Americans who need assistance with work experience, on-the-job training, and/or classroom-based training. We are here to help you prepare for employment, find and keep a job, and increase your earnings through our federally-funded Indian & Native American Programs. 

In particular, through our Employment & Training activities, our agency offers and makes available to eligible participants the following services:

  • Training Services through On-the-Job Training, paid and unpaid Work Experience and classroom training opportunities that helps participants gain skills and find work that moves them forward to self-sufficiency;
  • Assessment services which helps participants move through levels of service (i.e. self-service, Career Services, Training Services for In-Demand Jobs and all other employment services);
  • Intensive job search assistance;
  • Pre/Post-employment services and post training follow-up services;
  • Supportive services inclusive of transportation, assistance with uniforms or other appropriate work attire and work-related tools, payments and fees for employment and training-related applications, tests, and certifications, etc. based on the availability of funds.

In summary, our work is to provide Native Americans with exposure to rigorous academic content in an effort to prepare for further education and careers in current or new professions that will allow them to gain higher wages in in-demand industry sectors. 

To apply for assistance, please visit our online portal, which functions as a virtual point of access for our employment and training services or contact any of our offices below:

Chitimacha Field Office
2854 Chitimacha Trail
Charenton, Louisiana 70523
Phone: (337) 347-6401

Coushatta Field Office
2007 CC Bel Road
Elton, Louisiana 70532
Phone: (337) 584-1630

Houma Field Office
991 Grand Caillou Road, Building 3
Houma, Louisiana 70363-5705
Phone: (985) 851-5408

Jena Field Office
551 Tuska Hina
Trout, Louisiana 71371
Phone: (318) 545-2508

Tunica-Biloxi Field Office
164 Yuroni Trail
Marksville, Louisiana 71351
Phone: (318) 240-6492

Administration Office – Headquarters
991 Grand Caillou Road, Building 3, Suite 100
Houma, Louisiana 70363-5705
Phone: (985) 851-5408
Email: [email protected]

24-Hour Crisis Line: (800) 314-7018   
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The Association of American Indian Physicians partnered with the UHN, in developing a program intended to reduce the complications of diabetes among adult tribal members.  This project was designed to empower tribal citizens and assist in reducing the rates of American Indians diagnosed with diabetes and American Indians who die as a result of diabetes.  This project ultimately led to the UHN Wellness Center.

The program continues to maintains a registry of tribal citizens and/or their family members who are living with Type II diabetes. The registry assists the staff with contacting and distributing diabetes specific information to tribal citizens living with this disease. If you are a tribal citizen living with Type II diabetes or are diagnosed with pre-diabetes and want to get involved in this program, please complete the below form to enroll.

For more information, please contact:
Main Office
400 Monarch Drive,
Houma, LA 70364
Tel: (985) 223-3093


Tribal youth interested in becoming involved in a new, exciting UHN youth services program should complete the attached application for enrollment in UHN youth services. The youth efforts include the following programs:
  • UHN Youth Council for ages 12-18 enrolled in school
  • Cultural excursions and exploration day events, field trips, etc.
  • Higher education preparation and career exploration
  • Tribal ID project (video and archiving living resources – elders)
  • Our latest effort youth sports initiatives!

Below is the strategic plan for the UHN Youth Council and an overview of the Tribal ID Project:

Volunteers are always welcome; however, the UHN has a strict policy of conducting background checks with the Louisiana State Police prior to anyone working one-on-one with tribal youth as part of the UHN’s Youth Services Programs.

For more information, please contact:

Lanor Curole: [email protected]

Youth Coordinator
Jamie Dardar: [email protected]

Main Office
400 Monarch Drive,
Houma, LA 70364
Tel: (985) 223-3093