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TLACOPSEL INDIANS. The Tlacopsel (Acopsel, Lacopsel, Tlascopsel) Indians were an Atakapan group of southeastern Texas. The location of their settlements remains unknown, but it is believed that they lived in the same general area as the Bidai and Deadose Indians. They are known only during the eighteenth century, mainly in connection with Indian requests for missions in east central Texas.


Herbert Eugene Bolton, Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1915; rpt., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1970). Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959). Albert S. Gatschet and J. R. Swanton, A Dictionary of the Atakapa Language (Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 108, Washington: GPO, 1932).

Thomas N. Campbell


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Thomas N. Campbell, "TLACOPSEL INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.