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Indigenous tribe in Louisiana relocates as rising seas engulf their homes
The American government forced Choctaw ancestors to flee the southeastern United States nearly two centuries ago and hide on the southern edges of Louisiana's bayous in present-day Terrebonne Parish.

Now three dozen families from the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe are becoming federally funded climate change transplants, forced from the Isle de Jean Charles this time by rising seas and eroding lands.
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April 22, 2021
A sign indicating a desire to stay sits in front of a home on Isle de Jean Charles, which has been decimated...
ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES, UNITED STATES
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A sign indicating a desire to stay sits in front of a home on Isle de Jean Charles, which has been decimated by climate change and man-made coastal erosion, in Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. Members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe have lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and soon they will have the option to resettle inland, in the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant relocating a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Emray Naquin casts his net at the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw...
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Emray Naquin casts his net at the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and is in the process of resettlement, which will be the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
A hurricane pod sits among storm debris on Isle de Jean Charles, which has been decimated by climate...
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A hurricane pod sits among storm debris on Isle de Jean Charles, which has been decimated by climate change and man-made coastal erosion in Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. Members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe have lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and soon they will have the option to resettle inland, in the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant relocating a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Trees that have died due to the encroachment of salt water are scattered throughout what remains of Isle...
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Trees that have died due to the encroachment of salt water are scattered throughout what remains of Isle de Jean Charles, which has been decimated by climate change and man-made coastal erosion, in Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. Members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe have lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and soon they will have the option to resettle inland, in the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant relocating a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Rocks are pictured that have been added recently to the eroding Island Road, which is the only way onto...
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Rocks are pictured that have been added recently to the eroding Island Road, which is the only way onto Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and they are in the process of resettlement, which will be the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
A house is pictured on the Isle de Jean Charles, which has been decimated by climate change and man-made...
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A house is pictured on the Isle de Jean Charles, which has been decimated by climate change and man-made coastal erosion in Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. Members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe have lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and soon they will have the option to resettle inland, in the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant relocating a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Chris Brunet, who is a member of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, poses for a portrait on the deck...
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Chris Brunet, who is a member of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, poses for a portrait on the deck of his home on the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, U.S., April 8, 2021. The tribe has lived on the island for nearly 200 years and soon Chris and most of the remaining residents will be resettling inland, in the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
A raised house is pictured on the Isle de Jean Charles, which has been decimated by climate change and...
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A raised house is pictured on the Isle de Jean Charles, which has been decimated by climate change and man-made coastal erosion, in Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. Members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe have lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and soon they will have the option to resettle inland, in the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant relocating a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Chris Brunet, who is a member of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe rides down the elevator at his home...
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Chris Brunet, who is a member of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe rides down the elevator at his home on Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, U.S., April 8, 2021. The tribe has lived on the island for nearly 200 years and soon Chris and most of the remaining residents will be resettling inland, in the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
An alligator sun bathes near water in 'The New Isle', the subdivision where members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw...
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An alligator sun bathes near water in 'The New Isle', the subdivision where members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe will soon live, near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and the resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Rocks are added to an eroding Island Road, which is the only way onto Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana,...
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Rocks are added to an eroding Island Road, which is the only way onto Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, U.S., April 8, 2021. The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and they are now in the process of resettlement, which will be the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Emray Naquin wraps up a day of fishing at the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The...
ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES, UNITED STATES
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Emray Naquin wraps up a day of fishing at the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and is in the process of resettlement, which will be the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Chris Brunet's home is pictured on the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, U.S., April 8, 2021. Chris is...
ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES, UNITED STATES
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Chris Brunet's home is pictured on the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, U.S., April 8, 2021. Chris is a member of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe which has inhabited the island for nearly 200 years but soon will be resettling inland, in the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
A kitten sits on the property of Chris Brunet on the Isle de Jean Charles, which has been decimated by...
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A kitten sits on the property of Chris Brunet on the Isle de Jean Charles, which has been decimated by climate change and man-made coastal erosion, in Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. Members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe have lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and soon they will be resettled inland, in the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant relocating a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
A view of the Isle de Jean Charles that has been decimated by climate change and man-made coastal erosion...
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A view of the Isle de Jean Charles that has been decimated by climate change and man-made coastal erosion in Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. Members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe have lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and soon they will have the option to resettle inland, in the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant relocating a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Howard Brunet pushes his uncle Chris Brunet, both members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, as...
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Howard Brunet pushes his uncle Chris Brunet, both members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, as they visit The New Isle, a subdivision under construction for the resettlement of the tribe, near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and the resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Mildred Naquin and her daughter Niki Smith embrace as they visit the land where Mildred and her husband...
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Mildred Naquin and her daughter Niki Smith embrace as they visit the land where Mildred and her husband Al, left, will soon live, as members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe visit their future subdivision 'The New Isle', near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and the resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021 REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development Pat Forbes speaks to the press about...
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Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development Pat Forbes speaks to the press about what the homes will look like at 'The New Isle', a subdivision under construction for members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and the resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Michelle Liner of Franklin Associates, right, shows a member of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe Rita...
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Michelle Liner of Franklin Associates, right, shows a member of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe Rita Falgout, left, plans for Rita's future subdivision, The New Isle, near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and 'The New Isle' resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture made April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Construction is underway at 'The New Isle', the subdivision where members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw...
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Construction is underway at 'The New Isle', the subdivision where members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe will soon live near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and the resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Al Naquin visits the land where his home will be built, as members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe...
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Al Naquin visits the land where his home will be built, as members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe visit their future subdivision, 'The New Isle', near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and the resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Isle de Jean Charles residents Simon Naquin, left, and Chris Brunet, both members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw...
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Isle de Jean Charles residents Simon Naquin, left, and Chris Brunet, both members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, visit their future subdivision 'The New Isle' near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and the resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Niki Smith, right, talks with housing analyst Anita Harrell at the plot of land where Smith's parents...
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Niki Smith, right, talks with housing analyst Anita Harrell at the plot of land where Smith's parents Mildred and Al Naquin will eventually live at 'The New Isle', a subdivision where members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe are being relocated to, near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and the resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Construction is underway at 'The New Isle', the subdivision where members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw...
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Construction is underway at 'The New Isle', the subdivision where members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe will soon live, near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and the resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Al Naquin, left, looks at the layout of his future subdivision, 'The New Isle' near Shriever, Louisiana,...
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Al Naquin, left, looks at the layout of his future subdivision, 'The New Isle' near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. Naquin is a member of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe which has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and their resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
A canal runs through 'The New Isle', the subdivision where members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe...
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A canal runs through 'The New Isle', the subdivision where members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe will soon live, near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and the resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Construction is underway at 'The New Isle', the subdivision where members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw...
NEW ISLE, UNITED STATES
Climate change migrants
Construction is underway at 'The New Isle', the subdivision where members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe will soon live, near Shriever, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and the resettlement is the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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April 22, 2021
Th sun begins to set at Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw...
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Th sun begins to set at Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, U.S., April 7, 2021. The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles for nearly 200 years and is in the process of resettlement, which will be the nation's first federally-funded HUD climate resilience grant to relocate a Louisiana community affected by climate change. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn
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