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Native Americans Lose Land To Climate Change

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Choctaw Chief Albert Naquin has watched his tribe's island - the Isle de Jean Charles - go from four miles across to a quarter mile across. (Photo by Samara Freemark)

Over the next century, rising sea levels will change coastlines all over the world. But the impact might be most dramatic in South Louisiana. A study out last month predicts the state will lose up to 5000 square miles in the next century - a chunk of land the size of Connecticut. If the report's authors are right, that means a lot of people in Louisiana are going to have to relocate - become climate refugees. Samara Freemark has the story of one of the first communities to be displaced:

Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw of Louisiana

Another article on the rising waters

Historical photos of the island

Producer: Samara Freemark
Release Date: July 20, 2009
Running Time: 3:23

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