Established in 2012, the First Peoples’ Conservation Council (FPCC) of Louisiana is an Association that was formed to provide a forum for four State Recognized Native American Tribes and their respective Tribal Communities located in Coastal Louisiana to identify and solve natural resource issues on their Tribal lands. We are a Council that gives a voice to Louisiana’ First Peoples on conservation issues that are important to us at the State and National levels. Through a strong partnership with the USDA-NRCS, the Council reviews and recommends proposals for conservation projects for Louisiana Tribal Members.
The member Tribes include:the Pointe au Chien Indian Tribe,Grand Bayou–Atakapa-Istak Tribe, Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians, and the Grand Caillou-Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians.
Our vision is to become a Conservation Model for the restoration of the Lands, Waters and Air of the First People in the State of Louisiana. Our mission is to make Federal and State conservation programs work with the First Peoples for the restoration of our land, water and air through education and demonstration. The Association was formed for the exclusive educational, scientific, and charitable purpose of advocating on behalf of tribal members regarding natural resource issues. A tribal community can apply for membership by submitting a written request to the Association with a written letter of sponsorship by another member of the Association.
Our purpose and powers include:
- To advise and assist each member in the development of natural resource and conservation plan and budget
- To facilitate communication among members to enable each member to better serve its respective Indian Community
- To cooperate with tribal councils, inter-tribal organizations, governmental agencies, private organizations, and others to accomplish common purposes
- To develop meaningful relationships with state and federal regulatory bodies and agencies, and to provide timely input in the development of environmental policies which affect Indian communities
- To coordinate meaningful consultation with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the State Conservationist
- To assess tribal needs and general environmental concerns within the State of Louisiana
- To secure financial and other resources to accomplish the foregoing purposes and such other related purposes as the Association may from time to time identify.
Rev. Bennie Ancar, President