Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana gets help to prepare for rising seas


December 12, 2022

A Louisiana tribe under threat from flooding, storms and rising seas will receive a federal grant aimed at helping Native American communities adapt to climate change or move to safer ground.

The Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana was awarded $5 million as part of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs’ greatly expanded efforts to assist tribes severely affected by climate-related environmental threats.

The 945-acre Chitimacha reservation, which sits on a tight bend on Bayou Teche between New Iberia and Morgan City, faces threats of flooding from two fronts: the coast, about 10 miles to the south, and the Atchafalaya River, immediately to the north.


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