Grantee Forced to Flee Home by Climate Change, Wins $40m to Relocate

Honor the Earth is proud to be supporting the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw in our most recent grant release.  This Louisiana tribe is now America's first official climate refugees.  

The plight of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians, who have called this land home since the mid-19th century, was documented in the 2010 documentary, Can't Stop the Water, and relocating the tribe has been the subject of a 13-year-long advocacy campaign by Chief Albert White Buffalo Naquin.

"This award will allow our Tribe to design and develop a new, culturally appropriate and resilient site for our community, safely located further inland," Chief Naquin said, according to the Institute for Southern Studies.

"The Tribe sought funds to draft a master plan, via a planning session with already identified Native development practitioners, green building experts, and Native traditional agriculture experts. Lowlander staff will convene and facilitate such a planning session, bringing together the necessary experts and Native development practitioners. This master plan will contribute to the Tribe’s ongoing resettlement efforts."

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Can't Stop The Water from Cottage Films on Vimeo.

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