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The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is holding a conference on the preservation and revitalization of Indian culture through Thursday at the Koasati Pines Golf Course. (American Press Archives)<br>

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is holding a conference on the preservation and revitalization of Indian culture through Thursday at the Koasati Pines Golf Course. (American Press Archives)

Coushatta Tribe hosting culture conference this week

Last Modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:23 PM

By Doris Maricle / American Press

KINDER — The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is holding a conference on the preservation and revitalization of Indian culture through Thursday at the Koasati Pines Golf Course.

The conference, which began Tuesday, features presentations, panel discussions and demonstrations by experts on tribal languages and traditions from around the country. The main conference will be today at the Veranda at Koasati Pines and will conclude at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“This is a tremendously important and timely conference and we are honored to be hosting such an event,” Coushatta Tribe Chairman Kevin Sickey said.

“We hope that this conference will provide a forum for participants to share ideas and develop networks that will support and encourage efforts by tribes around the country to strengthen and preserve native languages and cultural traditions.”

Speakers and panel participants will include Linda Langley, professor of anthropology at McNeese State University; Dusty Fuqua, cultural resource specialist with the National Park Service; Kevin Fields of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; and Kimberly Walden of the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana.

The keynote speaker will be Katrice A. Albert, vice provost for equity, diversity and community outreach at LSU. Albert is responsible for developing policies to cultivate a diverse campus environment at LSU.

“This is a very special gathering that will bring together many important voices on the topic of language and culture preservation, and we are eager to hear what they have to say,” said Bertney Langley, executive administrator of the Coushatta Heritage Department.

“As we move further into a digital age, we must be more creative about how we hold on to our traditions and pass them down to future generations. This conference will provide the latest ideas and research on how to go about this.”

For more information, contact Langley at 337-584-1560 or blangle@coushatta.org.

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