The Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe (PACIT) has lived on the TerreBonne and LaFourche for centuries, and thrived on the smaller bayous in between. Over the centuries, they have survived persistent challenges with unrelenting enthusiasm for life and community. While their unique culture, language, and history is what drew WWG’s Joel “Billiot” Waltzer to embrace these first peoples in the mid-1990’s, it is their unabashed joy of life and friendship that keeps us all coming back. Today, Pointe-au-Chien (and sister Isle Jean Charles a stones throw away) face extreme coastal land loss change that we believe threatens the Tribe’s very existence. Joel continues to advocate for responsible coastal restoration and works with many communities along the coast such as the Pointe-au-Chien tribe in efforts ranging from reducing the impacts of coastal erosion to protecting the tribe’s sacred grounds. The Pointe-au-Chien tribe recently enacted a resolution to preclude any further environmental degradation on their lands as a direct result from oil & gas exploration. Tribal members fish, shrimp and harvest oysters for their food as well as their livelihoods. The rapidly changing terrain over the past few decades is as obvious in photos as it is in the stories told by tribal elders. Their stories evoke images of free range livestock and lush gardens that are simply no longer possible due to the inundation of salt water in the area.