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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.

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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The lucky ones: Native American tribe receives $48m to flee climate change

In Louisiana, the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe has been awarded a natural disaster grant to resettle away from their sinking land. But other indigenous Americans have no way out
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America's First Climate Change Refugees Are Native Americans

The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians who live on the Isle de Jean Charles have to move.
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The First U.S. Climate Refugees

Early one morning at the beginning of March, two black Chevy Suburbans filled with federal and state development officials left New Orleans for Louisiana's coast. Almost two hours later, they turned onto Island Road, a low spit of asphalt nearly three miles long with water on either side.
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