USA: Bottom of 'da Boot by Kael Alford

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Native American identity is reflected in the decorations in the homes of residents in Pointe Aux Chene, Louisiana. The tribal identity of Native American groups on the coast of Louisiana is often in dispute. The federal government does not recognize coastal Louisiana tribes in spite of several applications for federal recognition which would come with many federal and legal benefits. Tribes tend to identify with the locations where they live, or according to which leaders they follow while more formal recognition remains tied up in bureaucracy.