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Climate, culture, movement: Navigating decision-making in a shifting landscape for a resilient United Houma Nation

Climate, culture, movement: Navigating decision-making in a shifting landscape for a resilient United Houma Nation

The United Houma Nation is a Louisiana state-recognized tribe trying to maintain its unique culture during dramatic climatic, environmental and socioeconomic change. This project aims to enable the United Houma Nation to determine how to support its citizens to adapt to climate-related and other short- and long-term stressors while maintaining the integrity of its community and culture. The three-year project was awarded by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Gulf Research Program’s Thriving Communities Grants 5 funding opportunity.

Tribal citizens have sustained livelihoods and communities in southeast Louisiana’s shifting landscape for generations. Today, however, ongoing coastal land loss combined with the cumulative impacts of health, social, and economic disparities pose new challenges for the tribe. Innovative solutions are required. This need for innovation is the impetus for the Tribe’s decision to partner with Tulane University to organize a research team for this community-based participatory research project. The research team will examine existing and emerging stressors, identify resilience strategies, and produce actionable information, tools, and interventions that can be used by the tribe to navigate these challenges. Project results may help other Gulf Coast communities facing similar issues.

The research team is composed of staff and faculty from Tulane University, Arizona State University, Louisiana Sea Grant, Louisiana State University, United Houma Nation, University of Arizona, and University of New Orleans.

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