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
Cry You One (2012-2015).
Monique received her BA in Mass Communication at Loyola
University in New Orleans.