United Houma Nation

Meet The Tribal Council


District 7

Monique Verdin

Tribal Secretary

Monique Verdin joined the Tribal Council in June of 2016, representing District 7, encompassing St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes, as well as the city of Gretna in Jefferson Parish. Monique’s grandparents, Armantine and Toussaint Verdin, migrated from Terrebonne’s Pointe aux Chenes to eastern St. Bernard parish, in the early 1940’s, with a small band of Houmas in search of work and land, access to education and the right to vote. Monique was born and currently lives in St. Bernard.

 Since 1998, Monique has intimately documentated her Houma family’s complex interconnected relationship to  environment, economics, culture, climate and change in the Mississippi River Delta using media and the arts. My Louisiana Love (2012), Monique’s first documentary film, tells a one hundred year, multigenerational Houma story. It premiered at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and continues to broadcast nationwide on PBS. Her interdisciplinary work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in an assortment of environmentally inspired projects, ranging from the publication of Unfathomable City : A New Orleans Atlas (UC Press, 2013) to the multi-platform/performance/eco-experience Cry You One (2012-2015).

 Monique received her BA in Mass Communication at Loyola University in New Orleans.