Ernest Sickey

Filter By:

Recent Commentary

Renewing Indigenous Economies

Renewing Indigenous Economies: An Interview with Chairman Ernest Sickey, Coushatta Tribe

interview with Ernest Sickeyvia PolicyEd
Thursday, April 23, 2020

As a leader of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana for nearly three decades and tribal chairman from 1973 to 1985, Ernest Sickey is a trailblazer in the evolution of Indian affairs in the southeastern United States. He is best known for leading his own tribal community from legal obscurity to becoming the first tribe recognized by the state of Louisiana in 1972. Sickey also played an instrumental role in securing government-to-government status for the Coushatta tribe, laying the foundation for multiple economic ventures that have since placed the Coushatta among Louisiana’s top employers.