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Louisiana tribe will be first community of official climate refugees in the nation

Date: 03/22/16

A recent federal grant will allow the state-recognized Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe of Terrebonne Parish, LA to resettle on higher ground, making it the first community of official climate refugees in the United States, according to Indian Country Today.

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $1 billion for resilient infrastructure and housing projects as part of its National Disaster Resilience Competition. On the list is $52 million for the Isle de Jean Charles tribe to relocate to a "resilient and historically-contextual community," HUD wrote.

Read the full story, A Louisiana Tribe Is Now Officially A Community Of Climate Refugees, by Chris D'Angelo on Huffpost Science

Also, the award-winning documentary Can't Stop the Water is now available for viewing on vimeo.


Lowlander Center Parters with Tribe 
for $48 Resettlement Grant 

The Isle de Jean Charles (IdJC) Band of Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw and the Lowlander Center are pleased to announce the receipt of a $48 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

HUD and the Rockefeller Foundation  announced the winners of the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience  Competition (NDRC) this past week, including an award to the State of Louisiana that will provide $48 million towards the resettlement of Isle de Jean Charles.  

"The people of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe are situated on the front line of Louisiana's  coastal land loss   disaster  and their ancestral home is sinking into the marsh,”    Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development, said. “This $48 million grant will allow the state to help them resettle their entire community to a safer place with a minimum of disruption to livelihoods and lifestyles. Together, we’ll be creating a model for resettlement of endangered coastal communities throughout the United States.”