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The stories of Isle de Jean Charles and the National Disaster Resilience Competition have been covered by media, professionals and academics alike.
The links below represent many viewpoints, aggregated here for reference purposes only. The Louisiana Office of Community Development makes no claim as to the veracity or accuracy of any views contained herein.

Preservation in Print April 2016: Coastal Resilience

Wenceslaus Billiot stands on his front porch on the Isle de Jean Charles in Terrebonne Parish. Water laps at the base of a small levee 20 feet from the back door of his home, which sits perched on pilings 11 feet above a manicured lawn.
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US Spends Nearly $50 Million To Relocate First American Climate Refugees

Climate change, particularly unprecedented sea level rise, is already creating refugees in the United States.
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First US climate refugees get $48 million to move

A first-of-its-kind, $48 million federal grant aims to move the entire community of the sinking Isle de Jean Charles, La., to a drier place.
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Resettling the First American Climate Refugees

A $48 million grant for Isle de Jean Charles, La., is the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the effects of climate change.
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Who gets to move off the island? Local American Indian tribes disagree

Delegates from an American Indian tribe living on Isle de Jean Charles and state officials disagree over how to spend millions of dollars intended to move the island's residents away from the encroaching Gulf of Mexico.
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Voted off the Island

There used to be much more to this island. When the land was still arable, there were communal gardens. Watermelons, figs, fruit trees.
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Isle de Jean Charles tribe looks at moving entire community north in first-of-its-kind test case

Looking out from the house he built in 1959 with lumber brought by boat to this island at the south end of Terrebonne Parish, Wenceslaus Billiot remembers when the view from his back porch was thick forest and solid marsh.
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'There's no more land'

Wenceslaus Billiot, an 89-year-old with suede-soft eyes and a bayou-French accent, asked me to follow him onto the second-story balcony of his stork-legged house here in the southern Louisiana marshland.
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Native Community Will Move to Higher Ground in Louisiana

A native community in southern Louisiana hopes to make a historic move to higher ground, now that it has received a major federal grant for relocation. Awaiting finalization from the state, the tribe hopes to relocate within the next few years.
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