EnvironmentalChange: Louisiana’sDisappearing Coast
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EnvironmentalChange: Louisiana’sDisappearing Coast
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Dr. Heather Stone University of Louisiana at Lafayette
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Dr. Heather Stone University of Louisiana at Lafayette

In the bayous of Louisiana lies the small tribal community of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw whose home on Isle de Jean Charles is vanishing. Their land, which was once 32,000 acres, is now only 320 acres, and, in some places, is only a quarter of a mile wide. Until 1953, “the Island,” as the inhabitants refer to their home, could only be reached by pirogue or boat, and the inhabitants were self-sufficient to the point of being immune to ravages of The Great Depression. Now Isle de Jean Charles is connected with a single curving road surrounded by water. The inhabitants of the Island have had to adapt their lifestyles due to the external modifications that have affected Louisiana’s coastline and their ancestral land over the last seventy-five years.
Aug 13, 2018
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