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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:29 PM

In first, Native American tribe displaced by sea gets land to relocate

NEW YORK, Jan 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A small Native American tribe in Louisiana whose land has nearly vanished into the sea has moved a step closer to relocating its community further inland after authorities acquired new land for the move, part of a first-of-its-kind project.

The 515 acres (208 hectares) of farmland will be made available to members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe and other inhabitants of the Isle de Jean Charles to relocate after their village was nearly wiped by erosion and rising seas.

"I'm happy that finally, after three years, we have property bought," Chantel Comardelle, the tribal executive secretary of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, said on Thursday.

Isle de Jean Charles is a small strip of land in Louisiana's coastal south that has been home to the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians since the tribe found refuge there in the early 19th century.


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