Town Hall Meeting: "What if the water can't be stopped?" Tribal Resilience in an Age of Sea Level Rise
Tuesday, 12 January, 12:15–1:15 p.m.; Room 240/241
Can't Stop the Water (http://www.cantstopthewater.com) is a film that tells the story of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, and the Native American community fighting to save its culture as its land washes away. For 170 years, the Isle de Jean Charles band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians has occupied the island deep in the bayous of south Louisiana. They have fished, hunted, and lived off the land. Now the land that has sustained them for generations is vanishing before their eyes. Years of gas and oil exploration have ravaged the surrounding marsh, leaving the island defenseless against the ocean tide and hurricanes that will eventually destroy it. Chief Albert Naquin is actively working to implement a sustainable community-driven relocation plan to bring his tribe together on higher ground, while still maintaining the Isle and its cultural significance. We will screen this film and hear from those supporting the community.