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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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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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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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