On the Louisiana Coast, an Indigenous Community Loses Homes to Erosion

On the Louisiana Coast, an Indigenous Community Loses Homes to Erosion

Brunet, age 55, is a member of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, an Indigenous tribe that has lived on the island for more than two centuries. DOCUMENTARY: THE LAST HOLDOUTSBut in 2020 five major storms slammed the Louisiana coast, the most ever in a single season. Residents of Isle de Jean Charles are guaranteed a new home there—but to get it, they have to give up their residency on the island. “But there’s nothing we can do.”Isle de Jean Charles is an important foreshadowing of what will happen to coastal communities globally, researchers warn. And the problem is getting worse, according to Tulane University geology professor Torbjörn Törnqvist, who has studied coastal erosion in the Mississippi Delta.

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