A couple other things stand out. They charge to be a member ($20 annually) and their website hasn't been updated in two years.
I also tend to distrust an alleged tribe where the leaders feel the need to pose in their regalia, perhaps to try and convince people puzzled by their supposedly "less Indian" features or skin tone. Recognized tribes with many people with low BQ don't feel the need to do this, only groups that are likely made of up descendants or PODIAs.
Several years ago the Cherokee Elders website described them as a group that once had good intentions but was being overrun by Nuagers. That's not definitive since the CE site was itself controversial.
Here's what a site they link to has to say about the Atakapa.
Descendents of the Atakapa Indians exist unrecognized and misnamed under various names of choice like Creoles, Creole Indians, and Creoles of Color. The term colored has clouded the Atakapas' racial identity. Atakapa descendents show a wide range of complexions which is attributed to the genes for light or brown complexions. Many Atakapas no longer know their correct racial identity.
That's extremely vague, leaving it open for any Black with family stories about being part Indian.
The group has gotten federal funds, a small business loan.http://www.fedspending.org/faads/faads.php?recip_id=321580&detail=-1
They are listed numerous places as state recognized, but no effort for federal recognition.
There was apparently a falling out with some saying the tribe has been taken over by a white imposter and splitting off to form the Keetwowah Tribe of Louisiana.
Here's a yahoo group of the new tribe. Doesn't seem active since 2006.http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fourwindstribe/?tab=s
And an alert put out by them.
----- Original Message -----
From: Kim Collins <firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2003 8:06 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAHTA] : Call to Action
> Here is a link to a new website for the former Four Winds Tribe.
> This is an excerpt from the first paragraphs of their home page.
> "Osiyo, Welcome to the homepage of the Keetoowah Tribe of Louisiana,
> formerly known as the Four Winds Tribe, Louisiana Cherokee Confederacy.
> We are a traditional tribe of Cherokee Indians, recognized by the State of
> Louisiana. Chief Roger Hartline, Vice Chief Billy Sinor, and the Tribal
> Council, welcome you and invite you to explore our pages to find out more
> about our people and their culture."
> Look on the News link and there are some links to what is going on with
> funds and Willis.
> Roger Hartline asked me to add their link to my pages a couple of days ago
> and I did so just yesterday. According to the website Hartline is Chief
> Sinor is Vice Chief.
> Hope Willis gets what's due him when this is over!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "LadyHawke" <email@example.com
> To: <CHAHTA-L@rootsweb.com
> Sent: Monday, January 13, 2003 6:02 PM
> Subject: [CHAHTA] : Call to Action
> > Forwarded, with permission of the author, from another list:
> > The Four Winds Tribe of Louisiana, a State recognized Tribe,
> > has been taken over by a white man who illegally used an
> > unsigned resignation from its Chief (Billy Sinor
> > Cherokee/Catawba). This man, Wade Willis, has (according to
> > the Tribal genealogist) falsified his membership
> > application. He was removed from the Rolls and went to the
> > Secretary of States Office and has changed the State Charter
> > to show HIM as Chief.
> > He then took these documents and emptied the Tribal account.
> > Today he is selling memberships and non-Indians are receiving
> > State Benefits and Federal Grants administered for the State
> > Tribes. And thousands of dollars have disappeared.
> > Chief Sinor has obtained a Restraining Order, but Mr Willis
> > continues.
> > Mr Willis is now listed as the Chief (based on these
> > documents) on the LA Office of Indian Affairs web page
> > Your assistance is needed urgently!!!!
> > Please contact the following and protest Mr Willis' actions
> > Office of the Governor
> > http://www.gov.state.la.us/gov_email.html
> > Attorney General Richard Ieyoub firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Secretary of State Fox McKeithen email@example.com
> > Joey Strickland Office of Indian Affairs
> > firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Wade Willis, Plastic Indian 318-335-2270
> > FourWind@Bellsouth.net
> > Thank you,
> > Roger Hartline