Vision organizers acknowledge our relationship with the land, waters, and peoples of our region. The Red River watershed connects us to the Atchafalaya delta and Mississippi River. Indigenous peoples continue in these lands since time immemorial as evidenced by the knowledge embedded in earthworks in our landscape.

Louisiana’s historic tribes include the Caddo, whose traditional land we are now standing; the Chitimacha, the Ishak (Atakapa), Houma, Natchez, and Tunica. By the late 1700s, many more tribes entered the region including the Biloxi, Coushatta, Ofo, Choctaw, and Apalachee. During this period, many tribes combined.

Today’s federally-acknowledged  tribal nations within the state of Louisiana include the Jena Band of Choctaw to the east, the Tunica-Biloxi to the southeast, the Coushatta Tribe to the south, the Chitmacha to the southeast. Nearby Native communities also include the Choctaw-Apache, Adai, Apalachee, Black Lake, and Clifton Choctaw. Native peoples still maintain connections and relationships of care for these lands today.

As an active first step toward decolonization, we encourage you to learn more about the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, whose historic homelands this event resides on as well as the  Indigenous homelands on which you live and work. We also invite you to deepen your relationship with the living lands and waters of this region. 

The organizers and production krewe affirm a commitment to the Original Inhabitants of this continent. Through deeper understanding of history and the living present, we affirm support for the sovereignty and self-determination of First Peoples.



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