Coastal News Roundup: An Update On Isle de Jean Charles

Jan 25, 2019

This week on the coastal news roundup - an update on Isle de Jean Charles.  It was big news in 2016 when the state was awarded $48 million to relocate people from the disappearing island. But the process has not been smooth; permanent relocation hasn’t happened yet, and a Native American tribe blames that on the state.

WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talked with Chantel Comeradelle, tribal secretary of Isle de Jean Charles band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw.

In response to this interview Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the state Office of Community Development, says it’s the state’s obligation to help everyone on the island, not just tribal members.  He says the state has made every effort to involve all residents in the planning and construction of the resettlement. 

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