Mr. Chief Nolan Gobert is the Principal Chief of the Attakapas
Opelousas Prairie Tribe, located in Southwest Louisiana. His American
Indian Name is Istaqa which means Coyote Man. He is a long-time member
of the Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribal Council. Chief Gobert was
born in Eunice, Louisiana to Paul Gobert Sr. and
Felice Rougeau Gobert. Chief Gobert is the spokesperson of the
Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe on cultural, spiritual, and
historical matters. He represents the tribe at cultural events,
facilitates understanding of the tribe’s culture, heritage, and
ensures that the tribal council considers the cultural and spiritual
needs in its decision-making.
Mrs. Minerva Broussard Francis, is the Deputy Chief of the Attakapas
Opelousas Prairie Tribe. Her American Indian name is Hurit-Sihu which
means Beautiful Flower. Ms. Francis was born to
Clayton Broussard Sr, and Mary Beanna Amos, Granddaughter of Henri
Aymers and Victoria Singleton. She is also a dancer for the tribe and
can feel her family spirit when dancing. She has 3 girls, 2 boys, and
Mrs. Theresa Semien Gobert is the Treasurer of the
Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe. Mrs. Semien Gobert American Indian
name is Ohanzee Wachiwi, which means Shadow Dancer. She was born in Lebeau Louisiana to the Mr. Frank Samien and Mrs.
Mathilda Irving Semien. Mrs. Theresa Semien Gobert is also the wife
of Chief Nolan Gobert of the Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe. Mrs.
Semien Gobert is the author of her very own Native American cookbook,
“Welcome to my Kitchen”. Today she continues to teach and educate on
the Attakapas native culture and is also responsible for ensuring the
accurate recording of all tribal council meetings, decisions certify
minutes, resolutions, ordinances, and other actions of the tribal
council, and reports on the financial integrity of the tribe,
including a review of all audits.
Director & Secretary
Mrs. Amy Gobert Cormier is the Director of Public Relations of the
Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe. Her American Indian name is Kimi
Kuwanyauma which means Beautiful Butterfly Showing Beautiful Wings.
She is the Great Granddaughter of Pierre Achille Gaubert/Gobert and
Ersula Saint Anne Jordoin, Francois Semien, and Marie Simeonize Joe
Granddaughter of Paul Gobert Sr. and Felice Rougeau Gobert, Frank
Semien Sr, and Mathilad Irving Semien, Daughter of Nolan and Theresa
Semien Gobert. Wife of Ronnie J. Cormier, Mother of Phylicia Nicole
Cormier. Amy was born in Lafayette, Louisiana to
Nolan Gobert and Theresa Semien Gobert. Amy is the Director of Public
Relations and Secretary of the tribe and is the Author of our book:
Attakapas: The New Beginning. Mrs. Gobert Cormier holds several
degrees including a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in
Psychology from Kaplan University and Master of Science in Counseling
Psychology from Walden University and currently pursuing her Ph.D. in
Forensic Psychology concentration in Victimology. She is married to
Ronnie Joseph Cormier an Attakapas native of 25 years, a loving wife
and mother of Phylicia Nicole Cormier and Granddaughter Ray'lynn. She
is also a tribal dancer and continues to support the tribe as we work
towards tribal recognition.
Mrs. Carolyn Gray Whitford is a council member of the Attakapas
Opelousas Prairie Tribe. Ms. Whitford was born in Opelousas, Louisiana to
Lawrence C. Gray and Irene August Artis. She is an enrolled member of
the Attakapas Opelousas Black Leg Crane band. Her American Indian name in
Attakapa is "I cul kawiya tsanu'k” (Catches the Last Horse). My Native
American bloodline can be traced to Quebec to Roch Manitouabanouk,
Huron and wife Outchibahanoukoueouk Oueou Koeou, Algonquian who gave
birth to Manitouabeoich, Christian name Marie Olivier Sylvestre, who
married Martin Provost.
My husband is Harvey Running Crane Whitford, an enrolled member of the
Blackfeet Nation from Montana. His Indian name is “ETucks-Sis-Toi-Yee”
(Many Night Boy). We have traveled the four directions, even with a
dance troupe to Europe, living our culture wherever we go.
We keep our cultural traditions strong in honor of our ancestors and
family so that our tribes will never be extinct and our people will
carry on the spirit of the Indian way. I am honored and proud to
represent the Louisiana Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe as a
council member. I will greatly support our tribe and work diligently
for tribal recognition.
Mr. Carl Chaisson is a council member of the Attakapas Opelousas
Prairie Tribe. His American Indian name is Akecheta “one who is a
fighter” as he committed to help in the fight for state and federal
recognition. Mr. Chaisson is also responsible for the strategic
development of the tribe. Mr. Chaisson is a business owner with 10
years of senior leadership in the field of information technology and
holds various IT certifications. He received his Associate of Arts degree
in Computer Information Systems from Miami-Dade College, Bachelor
of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from
Florida International University Landon Undergraduate School of Business
and Master of Business Administration degree from Florida International
University Chapman Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Ronald Chaisson is a council member of the Attakapas Opelousas
Prairie Tribe. His American Indian name is Pallaton “a brave warrior”.
Mr. Chaisson is responsible for assisting in the fight for state and
federal recognition as well as implementing strategic objectives and
goals for the tribe. Mr. Chaisson is a leader with many years of businesses
experience. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree
from Lemoyne Owen College and Master of Business degree in Strategic
Leadership from New England College. Mr. Chaisson is also Six Sigma Lean Black
Belt certified and currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Industrial Organization from
Grand Canyon University.