United Houma Nation


20 Oct

Poverty Point Acknowledge as a World Heritage Site

Posted by United Houma Nation on Monday, October 20, 2014

Many people don't realize the significance of Poverty Point located in north Louisiana near Monroe to the not only the American Indian People of Louisiana, but the southeast.  The site is considered one of the most significant archaeological finds in the country. It has a complex of Native American ceremonial mounds and village built between 1700 and 700 B.C. A museum and guided tours interpret a culture that once flourished on the site.

From left to right:  Chitimacha Tribe Councilwoman Jackie Junca, Jena Band of Choctaw 2014 Princess, Jena Band of Choctaw Councilwoman Dana Masters, Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, Louisiana Choctaw Tribe Chief Shaun Murphy, Senator Mary Landrieu, UHN Vice Principal Chief Lora Ann Chaisson, and UHN Councilwoman Janie Luster.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, tribes through out the state gathered to be on site for a historic moment at Poverty Point.  The site became officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.  This prestigious list, recognizes the site as an international icon of historical significance.  Proud to see our Houma Nation leaders there!  A special thanks to Senator Landrieu and Lt. Governor Dardenne for their hard work and dedication to ensure Poverty Point joined an elite group of 26 sites located in the US. 

To read more about the dedication, please read the newspaper article HERE.