not only impacted the homes of tribal members but the economic base for tribal members. Most tribal members engage in
traditional subsistence rely on the crab, shrimp, and/or oyster industry for income.
Hurricane system interrupted this economic generator and has resulted in an income loss that usually sees tribal members
through the winter.
Indian Community is not protected by a levee system. It is unclear when a levee
system will be in place. Ironically, the nonIndian communities to the east and
west of Pointe-au-Chien are included in a levee. Progress on levee plans for
the Pointe-au-Chien area is slow, and the current plans do not include all of Pointe-au-Chien land nor does it include our
sacred sites or burial grounds.
have been devastated. Although homes are in uninhabitable conditions due to the hurricane damage, few FEMA trailers
were provided to tribal members. Those trailers were available until a few months after
the storm. After Hurricane Rita, aome members gutted the walls, exposing them to harsher conditions as
the temperature drops along the bayou during the winter. Others were living in
homes that had not yet been gutted, exposing the homes to increased mold infestation. To date, not all homes have been repaired or restroed to pre-2005 hurricane conditions.
of the assistance to the Tribe and tribal members
was provided by the Mennonites, non-profit organizations including National Relief Charities and the Four Directions Relief
Project and our friends in France.
Charles Verdin and tribal members Monique Verdin and Patty Ferguson were active in rebuilding efforts. Second
Chairman Donald Dardar, Theresa Dardar, and Bernice Billiot organized relief materials to tribal members. Other tribal
members volunteered time to relief work include Gertie Verdin, Theresa Billiot, Donald Billiot, Basile Dardar, and many many
To help respond
to the 2005 hurricane season and to plan for future disasters, the Tribe created a relief committee. Because the Tribal
community is small, the Tribe worked with the Biloxi-Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees to create the Louisiana Coastal
Tribes Coalition to work together on matters such as responding to natural disasters. As a result of this coalition,
an elderly couple in Pointe-au-Chien and another family in Pointe-au-Chien received new homes through a collaborative project
with the Mennonite Disaster Services.
the Louisiana Coastal Tribes Coalition website: http://www.lctci.com/
regarding relief can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
tribal elders are the second recipients of a new home in the Pointe-au-Chien tribal community, April 14, 2007.. Press Releases
Couple Gets Keys to New Hurricane-Proof Home. Houma Courier, December 2, 2006. http://www.houmatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061201/NEWS/612010312&SearchID=73264945618226
the first home being built in Pointe-au-Chien after the 2005 Hurricane Season. November 29, 2006 Press Release.
Face Erosion, Lack of Aid, The New Standard, March 17, 2006
News Standard March 17, 2006 Article
Coastal Tribes Appeal for Help, January 25, 2006
Press Release - January 25, 2006
Chairman Verdin's interview by John Hamilton on November 11, 2005:
Our neighors, the Isle
a Jean Charles Band of Biloxi Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees are not included in the planned Hurricane Levee.
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