Native American tribe to relocate from Louisiana coast as sea levels rise

    by Sebastien Malo, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Monday, 21 March 2016 11:28 GMT

A healthy brown pelican flaps its wings along Cat island in Barataria Bay near Myrtle Grove, Louisiana March 31, 2011.

The band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, a Native American tribe living in the Louisiana coastal wetlands,will be resettled after losing nearly all of its land partly due to rising seas.

It is the first time an entire community has had to be relocated due in part to rising sea levels,according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The small community has lived and fished on the Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana's coastal south since the 1800s but land loss has caused the island to shrink from some 15,000 acres to a strip of about a quarter-mile wide by a half-mile long.

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