Pointe-aux-Chenes, Louisiana

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Pointe-aux-Chenes is an unincorporated community located in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. It shares a zip code with Montegut, Louisiana (70377).

Pointe-aux-Chenes is home to many Native Americans of the Pointe-au-Chien tribe, which is state recognized but not federally recognized.[1][2][3][4] The Pointe-au-Chien tribe was formed in 1993 as a breakaway group from the United Houma Nation. Tribal members consider themselves related to the Chitimacha, Choctaw, Acolapissa, and Atakapa.[5][6]

In the 1970s, tribal members stood on the shores of the sacred ground cradling shotguns and rifles to face down oil company workers intent on dredging the land for a pipeline.

The oil company dredged elsewhere, but the results were still catastrophic. Tribe members say the deep cuts made through the marshes brought in saltwater and led to coastal erosion.

That erosion has turned the once abundant oak trees in Pointe-aux-Chenes—which means "Oak Point" in French—into empty husks. Erosion has also turned areas where people once lived into waterlogged marshes or open water.

In 2005, Hurricane Rita brought up to 8 feet (2.4 m) of water to parts of the town.


Houses in Pointe-aux-Chenes are on stilts.[7]


Members of the Pointe-aux-Chenes Indian Tribe live in the community.[8]


Terrebonne Parish School District operates public schools. Point-aux-Chenes Elementary School is in the community.[9]


  1. ^ Oppmann, Patrick. "Oil spill threatens Native American land." CNN. June 1, 2010. Retrieved on July 27, 2010.
  2. ^ Barry Yeoman. ""The land is washing back to sea." OnEarth. December 6, 2010. Retrieved on February 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "Pointe-au-Chien tribal web site."
  4. ^ State of Louisiana "List of state and federally recognized tribes."
  5. ^ Kimberly Solet, "Grant will help local tribe document its past." Houma Courier, Nov. 28, 2005.
  6. ^ Bureau of Indian Affairs, "proposed finding against federal recognition of Pointe-au-Chien tribe."
  7. ^ Sutter, John D. "How the Gulf of Mexico became the nation's 'toilet bowl'." CNN. July 27, 2010. Retrieved on July 27, 2010.
  8. ^ Oppmann, Patrick. "Oil spill threatens Native American land." CNN. June 1, 2010. Retrieved on July 27, 2010.
  9. ^ "Pointe-aux-Chenes Elementary." Terrebonne Parish School District. Retrieved on July 27, 2010. "1236 Hwy. 665 Montegut, LA 70377." Google maps view.

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Coordinates: 29°29′27″N 90°31′12″W / 29.49086°N 90.51998°W / 29.49086; -90.51998