Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana


Government agencies in St. Mary Parish will receive a $10.5 million grant over seven years from the tribe, which operates the Cypress Bayou Casino on its reservation. The grant replaces a 6 percent tax that the tribe agreed to pay the parish in its original state compact. The federal Interior Department recently disallowed such levies unless it would cover only direct casino-related expenses. Under the new agreement, half of the grant will go for infrastructure improvements in the parish, while the rest will be split among various parish agencies. Parish president Bill Cefalu said the money will come to the parish in the form of a voluntary grant from the tribe. The previous tax brought about $1.5 million annually.