Butte Tribe gator hunters bag giant gators

Butte Tribe gator hunters, father and son duo of David, left, and Danny Trichell, show their weekend harvest of monster gators. The one on the left was 11 feet 9 inches long and was caught Sept. 9 in Tensas Parish. The gator on the right was caught the previous day at the same location and was 10 feet 6 inches long.

Belinda Brooks
Butte Tribe gator hunters Danny and David Trichell were on the hunt this past weekend in Tensas Parish. They hit a gold mine with two gigantic dinosaurs. The average alligators on their hunting spots are 6 to 8 feet, making this Tensas trip a record-setting catch for the duo. In addition, these native Indians process their own wild game, deer, hogs and gators.  
There is a strong, primal hunting and survival spirit in the Butte Indians. Chief Clarence Desadier noticed that spirit in his grandson Chief Rodger Collum at the early age of five. Throughout his childhood, Collum’s grandmother and mentor Louella Waters Desadier would supply ammo to her young grandsons, Rodger Collum, Buddy Hayes and Dallas Desadier, to deliver whatever game would suit her fancy. All she would have to do during her lifetime is express her desire, and Collum would make it happen. It was rather funny to see those little boys heading for the woods with their guns on their shoulders and a handful of ammo in their pockets. They never returned with less than what their grandmother Louella ordered for family dinners.
Chief Collum’s homeplace on the historical Butte tribal lands continues to supply all his wild game needs. An evening walk on Collum’s balcony facing the bayou provides a sea of red gator eyes searching to fill their bellies. Butte lands are genuinely a sportsman’s paradise.
Today, the tradition continues. Butte Tribe members support their families, share their hunts and strong family bonds still hold the families together.
Butte Tribe’s BEAR Project continues to support the Louisiana State Emergency Preparedness and Healthy Tribe Initiative. The Louisiana Governor’s Office hand-picked the Butte Tribe of Bayou Bourbeaux to participate in this project because of the tribe’s strong history of caring for family and preserving tribal lands.   
Butte Tribe of Bayou Bourbeaux is a non-profit organization. Our oral history provides the only link to the existence of the indigenous people of Natchitoches since the end of the 18th century. The preservation of that history is vital to the life of the community and the parish. Submission of the tribe’s federal petition is in the closing stages. In addition, over 60,000 pages of membership documentation have been printed and will be provided as evidence of the existence of the mixed-indigenous tribe of Bayou Bourbeaux. Native bloodlines include Chitimacha, Texas mission Indians and Caddo.  
To contribute to building our tribe and future cultural center, which will house Butte Tribe artifacts and provide much-needed space for tribal gatherings and office space, PayPal or Venmo can receive donations with email address: buttetribe@gmail.com. Butte Tribe appreciates your gifts. Go to BUTTETRIBE.ORG to learn more about Butte Tribe’s history and read the Chiefs’ History.