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'There's no more land'

Wenceslaus Billiot, an 89-year-old with suede-soft eyes and a bayou-French accent, asked me to follow him onto the second-story balcony of his stork-legged house here in the southern Louisiana marshland.
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Native Community Will Move to Higher Ground in Louisiana

A native community in southern Louisiana hopes to make a historic move to higher ground, now that it has received a major federal grant for relocation. Awaiting finalization from the state, the tribe hopes to relocate within the next few years.
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The lucky ones: Native American tribe receives $48m to flee climate change

In Louisiana, the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe has been awarded a natural disaster grant to resettle away from their sinking land. But other indigenous Americans have no way out
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The First U.S. Climate Refugees

Early one morning at the beginning of March, two black Chevy Suburbans filled with federal and state development officials left New Orleans for Louisiana's coast. Almost two hours later, they turned onto Island Road, a low spit of asphalt nearly three miles long with water on either side.
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Native American tribe to relocate from Louisiana coast as sea levels rise

A small Native American community in coastal Louisiana is to be resettled after losing nearly all its land partly due to rising seas, a first in the United States.
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Rising sea levels force U.S. to resettle Native American tribe

A Native American tribe located in coastal Louisiana will become the first community in U.S. history to be relocated due, in part, to rising sea levels, said Marion McFadden, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on Thursday.
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Native American Tribe Gets Federal Funds to Flee Rising Seas

In a disappearing section of Louisiana coastline, the people who call Isle De Jean Charles home are moving to save their community and culture.
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Louisiana's vanishing island: the climate 'refugees' resettling for $52m

Wenceslaus Billiot, an 88-year-old native of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, remembers growing up on a much different island than the two-mile sliver of his ancestral home that remains today.
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Louisiana Tribe Officially Becomes America's First Climate Refugees

French-speaking Indians who live deep in Louisiana bayou, some 50 miles south of New Orleans, became the United States' first official climate refugees last week when the federal government awarded them $48 million to relocate.
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