The Houma who lived on the eastern bank of the Mississippi, for instance, crossed west into Ascension Parish in 1763 to avoid living in British territory. © 2019 Encyclopedia.com | All rights reserved. American Indian cultures
As a result of these frequent raids, the Tunica Indians—historically located to the north of the Houma—moved south and settled in Houma territory. As American settlers pressed into the Louisiana territory, conflicts with local tribes escalated, resulting in violence and anti–Native American sentiment among the settlers. "A Case of Identity: Ethnogenesis of the New Houma Indians." Today—generations after they resettled from their tradition homeland into Acadian lands of south Louisiana and intermarried with local Acadians—the Houma are regarded as a bastion of Louisiana French, as the language is dying out across the rest of Cajun country. Currently, the Houma community claims 17,000 members and continues to keep Native American traditions alive, proudly asserting their identity.