Monique Verdin and Cherri Foytlin on the Gulf Coast’s Unsound Future /36

Rare mature cypress trees are still logged for mulch, and most will not grow back.

Rare mature cypress trees are still logged for mulch, and most will not grow back.

Today we will look deep into the challenges faced by frontline indigenous activists in one of America’s most vibrant, and imperiled, regions, the Mississippi Delta. Monique Michelle Verdin is a native daughter of southeast Louisiana and the creator of the film My Louisiana Love. Her intimate documentation of the Deltas’ indigenous Houma nation exposes the complex interconnectedness of environment, economics, culture, climate and change. Cherri Foytlin is a Cherokee and Dine journalist, and mother of six who lives in south Louisiana. She is the author of "Spill It! The Truth About the Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig Explosion," and she has been a constant voice speaking out for the health and ecosystems of Gulf Coast communities, across many forms of media.