Attakapa is pronounced "ah-tah-kah-pah", and comes from a Choctaw word that means "man-Eaters". The Attakapas are original people of Southwest Louisiana and Southeastern Texas. They were one of six linguistic bands to inhabit Louisiana. The Attakapas lived here in Louisiana long before the European explorers arrived and lived primarily in Louisiana and spread across the Opelousas, Lafayette, Vermillionville, and St. Martinvile areas. Today there are many descendants who are still living in these areas, and spread out across the United States. Even though most of the Attakapa tribes were decimated by the late 1850's from infectious diseases and poverty, descendants still exists today, and have re-organized with 1,300 enrolled tribal members of the Attakapa Opelousas Prairie Tribe. Leaders and tribal members continue to fight for Federal Recognition

Please update your address and phone number if you have moved recently, we have several ID cards being returned with no forwarding address, and no phone number to contact you. For those of you who have paid and have not received your card due to a changed address, Please update!!!

Attakapa Tribal members that need to update phone numbers or address, please fill out information to the right. Name, email address phone number and in box below, please put you updated address .

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You can also contact us at (337) 368-3892 for Amy Cormier Director of Public Relations and Secretary


​St. Martainville Historical Festival

July, 25, 2015

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March, 21, 2015

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