In the News

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.

Meet the residents of Louisiana’s disappearing coastal communities

Sinking land, rising seas and an increased storm surge have all contributed to coastal erosion in the bayou. Decades of construction on oil and gas canals have also played a role.
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Louisiana Climate Refugees

Roch Naquin grew up with his five brothers and sisters on the Isles de Jean Charles in Louisiana. The island supported about a hundred families of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe.
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Louisiana’s Vanishing Island: America’s First Climate Refugees

Residents of a Louisiana island are among the first American climate refugees. Encroaching water is forcing them off the land they have lived on for generations. Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, has been inhabited by tribal communities since the Trail of Tears era.
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Icebergs on the Bayou, $48 million Grant reported as 1st official US climate refugees

On January 21, 2016 the U.S. Department of HUD announced the winners of its $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. The State of Louisiana and The City of New Orleans combined to receive over $233 Million.
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The First Official Climate Refugees in the U.S. Race Against Time

A Native American tribe struggles to hold on to their culture in a Louisiana bayou while their land slips into the Gulf of Mexico.
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Tiny Louisiana Community Is Rapidly Vanishing Due to Rising Seas

The people of Isle de Jean Charles have lived off the waters surrounding their small Louisiana town for nearly two centuries now. Soon the waters will take the town from them.
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Native Americans' Relocation From Louisiana Home: 'First Climate Change Refugees'

Members of a Native American community in south Louisiana are retreating from their coastal home and trying to preserve their culture in the process.
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Chased from home by climate change

Southeast Louisiana is in the news once again—not for a hurricane or a flood this time, but for efforts to protect communities dealing with the blows of these disasters, along with the impacts of climate change.
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Isle de Jean Charles: climate change submerges US island

Isle de Jean Charles is one of many islands in the swampy coastal margins of the US state of Louisiana. The island's name is a reminder that Louisiana was once a colony of France before Napoleon sold it to the US in 1803.
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