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The Last Teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles, An Island Climate Change Is Washing Away


Date: 02/12/2020

Juliette Brunet and her family live on an island that is shrinking as Louisiana’s sea levels rise.

Deadline set for residents of vanishing Isle de Jean Charles to apply for relocation


Date: 01/17/2020

Residents of a sinking Louisiana island have until the end of the month to apply for a new home under a first-of-its-kind federal program to help people retreat from the effects of climate change. 

Louisiana tribes file complaint with United Nations over U.S. inaction on climate change


Date: 01/16/2020

Four coastal Louisiana tribes that claim the U.S. government has violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change submitted a formal complaint Wednesday to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Application Deadline Set for Island Residents Eligible for Homes in Isle de Jean Charles Resettlement

Date: 01/14/2020

The Louisiana Office of Community Development has set Jan. 31 as the application deadline for residents of Isle de Jean Charles eligible for either a new home in The New Isle community or an existing home in Louisiana. The Isle de Jean Charles Resettlement is part of a federally funded, first-of-its kind effort to move a community of island...

Climate Exodus: Movement of the People

By: Dennis Anderson

Date: 11/13/2019

In 1955, the island community of Isle de Jean Charles, some 80 miles south of New Orleans, covered 22,000 acres.

22 Minutes In The Life Of Louisiana's Climate Refugees

By: Lauren Moraski

Date: 11/05/2019

In "Lowland Kids," two teenagers grapple with leaving an island that's sinking before their very eyes.

The People of the Isle de Jean Charles Are Louisiana’s First Climate Refugees—but They Won’t Be the Last

By: Robynne Boyd

Date: 09/23/2019

Whether and how to uproot communities are difficult and painful questions, and we need to get better at answering them.

Native Americans may lose their homes to rising waters on Louisiana island


Date: 08/21/2019

Tropical Storm Chantal, churning in the north Atlantic, is no threat to land at the moment. But it's expected to be an above-average hurricane season, which is bad news for Native Americans on a small island off the Louisiana coast. 

Tribal chief on Isle de Jean Charles says it's time to leave

By: Darren Simon

Date: 06/25/2019

Just a week after Hurricane Gustav destroyed Isle de Jean Charles in Terrebone Parish, residents Virgil Dardar, left, and Chris Brunet, back center, stand outside their raised home with Albert Naquin, who is the Chief of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians on the island.