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Choctaw elder loses home, tribes see damage

Damage reports continue to come in as Indian Country responds to the tribes affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Hugo Favre, an elder of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, lost his home when Katrina hit. He and his wife lived in the community of Bay St. Louis for nearly 50 years but now have nothing left.

"I can't even think about it without crying," said his wife, Myrna, The Native American Times reported. "We've been married 50 years and now we have less than when we started."

In Louisiana, state-recognized tribes saw major damage from Katrina. The United Houma Nation and other tribes said their members lost homes and had to flee to shelters, where many remain. The Bureau of Indian Affair is only assisting federally recognized tribes, although the National Congress of American Indians has pledged to help the state tribes.

Donations for the National Congress of American Indians fund can be sent to the National Congress of American Indians 1301 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036.

Donations for the National Indian Gaming Association fund may be sent to the Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation, attn: Hurricane Katrina Fund, 224 Second St. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003.

Get the Story:
Some Mississippi Band of Choctaw spared full force of Katrina (The Native American Times 9/15)
Choctaw recalls buckling down for Hurricane Katrina (Indian Country Today 9/15)
Desperation for Indians on the Louisiana coast (Indian Country Today 9/15)

Relevant Links:
National Indian Gaming Association -
National Congress of American Indians -

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