Hurricane Ida took a disproportionate toll on Indigenous peoples in southern Louisiana. Extreme weather events only exacerbate ongoing existential threats facing some Nations, as their lands are eroded and rendered uninhabitable by climate change and environmental racism. For example, The Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw have already faced resettlement, and have created resources for others facing the same. The Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw report they “lose an average of a football field of land every 100 minutes” even without the effects of Ida.
Please consider donating to one of the Native nations on whose land we would have met: The federally recognized Chitimacha Sovereign Nation, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, and the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana; the state recognized Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, the United Houma Nation, the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe, and Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, as well as the Atakapa-Ishak Nation.