Local History: The Tunica Indians
This week continues a summer long series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995. Part II of a four part series appeared on June 2, 1994.
In 1682 LaSalle claimed the Mississippi River Valley for France and travelled down to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico, he named the territory Louisiana in honor of King Louis XIV.
The valley of 1682 was far different from the valley DeSoto had seen one hundred and fifty years earlier. The rich, Quiz-quiz civilization, with a population in the thousands, had degenerated into a few powerful tribes like the Natchez, Choctaws, and Chickasaws and several small, weak tribes, like the Tunicas, Yazoos, and Ofos.
Case languishes in MS Supreme Court
A legal dispute between the county and the town that originated in 2014 is ongoing. Very little has happened since Tunica County filed an appeal last year. The wheels of justice grind slowly.
Last July, Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey ordered the county to resume the distribution of gaming revenue to the town and the Tunica County School District, but Tunica County appealed on August 3, arguing that it should not have to comply with the judge’s order while the case was ongoing.
However, the county reversed course last December, with the Board of Supervisors voting December 15, 2015, to “come into compliance with the judge’s order.” In late December, the town received a lump sum of $2.235 million from the county, representing the amount owed to it from October 2014 through November 2015. Tunica County also resumed a regular monthly distribution of gaming taxes to the town at that time and is currently up to date.
Marking Memorial Day
MS reports first West Nile case in the nation
JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2016, also the first human case of WNV in the nation so far this year. The reported case is in Lamar County.
The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2015, Mississippi had 38 WNV cases and one death.
“While WNV can occur any time of the year, we see the bulk of our cases during peak season, which is July through September. Now that school is out and the weather is warm, it is time to be extremely vigilant when going outdoors,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.
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