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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.

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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America’s Own Climate Change Refugees Prepare To Move

As has been predicted now for decades — America is starting to face its own refugee crisis. This one has nothing to do with war; it has to do with climate change.
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Native American tribe to relocate from Louisiana coast as sea levels rise

A small Native American community in coastal Louisiana is to be resettled after losing nearly all its land partly due to rising seas, a first in the United States.
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Rising sea levels force U.S. to resettle Native American tribe

A Native American tribe located in coastal Louisiana will become the first community in U.S. history to be relocated due, in part, to rising sea levels, said Marion McFadden, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on Thursday.
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Native American Tribe Gets Federal Funds to Flee Rising Seas

In a disappearing section of Louisiana coastline, the people who call Isle De Jean Charles home are moving to save their community and culture.
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Louisiana's vanishing island: the climate 'refugees' resettling for $52m

Wenceslaus Billiot, an 88-year-old native of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, remembers growing up on a much different island than the two-mile sliver of his ancestral home that remains today.
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Louisiana Tribe Officially Becomes America's First Climate Refugees

French-speaking Indians who live deep in Louisiana bayou, some 50 miles south of New Orleans, became the United States' first official climate refugees last week when the federal government awarded them $48 million to relocate.
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A Louisiana Tribe Is Now Officially A Community Of Climate Refugees

Deep in the bayous of Louisiana, about 80 miles southwest of New Orleans, lies the Isle de Jean Charles, a tiny swath of land that’s all but vanished into the Gulf of Mexico.
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Losing its land to the Gulf, Louisiana tribe will resettle with disaster resilience competition award money

With its South Louisiana homeland sinking into the Gulf of Mexico, the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians has announced plans to resettle the chronically flooded community using a $48 million grant won in the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).
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