FAQ

  1. Does the Apalachee have a reservation? No. When the Apalachee first arrived to Louisiana, they were given 22k acres along the red river to settle on by the French. The land was taken back after the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
  2. How old is the Apalachee tribe? Archaeologists have been able to date the Apalachee back to 1,000 A.D. Some archaeologists believe the tribe is even older!
  3. Is there any other bands of the Apalachee? No. The Talimali Band of Louisiana is the only one band in existence. We do not recognize any other “tribe/band” as part of the Apalachee
  4. How many enrolled members are there in the Talimali Band? There are 221 members that are enrolled and have their own identification number.
  5. Do the Apalachee have any certification? Yes. Each enrolled member of the Talimali Band have had their genealogy traced back and certified.
  6. How do you find out if you’re Apalachee? You must trace your families lineage through different documents as far back as possible. Contact the tribe for further information for document requirements.
  7. Do the Apalachee have their own language? Yes. The Apalachee language is Muskogean of Florida. However, the Apalachee language is considered a dead language with only a couple elders able to speak our native words today. Parts of the language was discovered in a letter written to the king of Spain in 1688.
  8. Is there any historical Apalachee sites? Yes. There is a cabin in Louisiana built in the mid 1800s that is not open to the public. The Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Florida is a living history museum that is devoted to sharing the stories of its former Apalachee and Spanish residents.
  9. Can you visit Mission San Luis today? Yes. The Mission San Luis is open to the public. However, COVID-19 restrictions may have temporary closures. At the mission you can visit the Apalachee museum, visit reconstructive versions of a church and council house, and join the celebration of the Winter Solstice.