Photo courtesy of Theresa Billiot, 2004
This photo was taken shortly after receiving State Recognition.
Left to Right: Theresa Dardar (PACIT), Second Chairman Donald Dardar (PACIT), Chief Randy Verdun (BL-BCCM), Patty Ferguson-Bohnee (PACIT Tribal Attorney), Chief Albert Naquin (IJC-BCCM), Councilman Ernie Dardar (IJC-BCCM), Councilman Ronald Courteaux (GCD-BCCM), Principal Dawn Lafont (Pointe-aux-Chenes Elementary). Shirley Verdin (PACIT). Kneeling: Secretary Michelle Matherne (PACIT), Elder Theresa Billiot (PACIT). Also present for the hearings but unavailable for the picture was Elder Arline Naquin (PACIT).
In June 2004, the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe, (PACIT) the Isle a Jean Charles Band of the Biloxi Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees, the Bayou Lafourche Band of the Biloxi Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees, and the Grand Caillou Dulac Band of the Biloxi Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees (BCCM) were officially re-recognized as tribal communities and recognized as Indian tribes by the State of Louisiana. PACIT AND BCCM MEMBERS WORKED TOGETHER TO OBTAIN STATE RECOGNITION. Chief Randy Verdun of the Bayou Lafourche Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha, Pointe-aux-Chenes School Principal Dawn Lafont, and PACIT Tribal Attorney Patty Ferguson-Bohnee testified on behalf of effort. Resolutions to recognize the tribes passed committees in both chambers the same day.
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Lafourche Parish and Terrebonne Parish have both recognized the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe, and on May 27, 2008, the Terrebonne Parish School Board recognized the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe.