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The Washitaw Nation conference in Monroe

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Verdiacee Washington Turner Goston El Bey of the Washitaw Nation was know for a number of things.

She was an activist, a mayor, and a empress.

Her followers believe she was a prophet, descending from the original inhabitants of our region.

The empress is gone but family members are following in her footsteps. Her cousin is called crown prince emperor.

He and other members feel it is their mission to share the divine information given to the empress, information they say proves their people are the original owners of Ouachita Parish.

The nation is in honoring the life of their deceased empress, while also celebrating their own Juneteenth.

It is the date in 1848 descendants of the empress say they won a case against the federal government.

They say the case confirmed most of the land gained through the Louisiana Purchase did not belong to the America.

The group is holding its convention in monroe... they will scatter the empress' ashes in the ouachita river.

For more information on the Washitaw Nation visit their web site
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