On September 30th, Alliance staff visited the Pointe-Au-Chien Tribe for an update on their resilience project. The Tribe is working to save culturally important native plants as part of their community resilience plan in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, LA. They’ve made a lot of progress on this Gulf Star project sponsored by BHP. Over the past year, the Tribe constructed a greenhouse for native and culturally significant plant species.  This greenhouse will be used to support the sustainability of cultural heritage for the Pointe-Au-Chien and other nearby Tribes.  The next project phase is to complete the greenhouse interior and stock it with plants from the surrounding area.  The meeting included members of the PAC Tribe, Lowlander Center, and Louisiana Sea Grant.

The Tribe is also working to enhance the boat launch/dock area directly across from the Pointe-Au-Chien Community Center; this work was identified as a priority by the Tribe during their Community Resilience Index (CRI) self-assessment. Tribal members consider access to the water an essential component of their economic resilience. The Tribe and partners use the area during education and outreach activities.

Matt Bethel, Louisiana Sea Grant, accepts Spirit of Community Award on behalf of the Tribe and Tribal leaders, Theresa and Donald Dardar, participate remotely.

In April 2019, the Gulf of Mexico Climate and Resilience Community of Practice selected the Pointe-Au-Chien Tribe as the recipient of the Spirit of Community Award.  The award recognizes their ongoing efforts to assess climate vulnerabilities, enhance community resilience, and partner with organizations across the region.