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Chitimacha-Choctaw will abandon ancestral home in Louisianna swamps

New Orleans, Louisianna (AP) 10-09

After 170 years fishing and crabbing in the swamps of south Louisiana, a band of American Indians has decided to move away from its ancestral island home and start a new life as a community behind levees.

The migration inland symbolizes one of the most obvious defeats in south Louisiana’s losing battle with land loss and hurricanes.

Albert Naquin the chief of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, said Sept. 22 the relocation was inevitable. He said the island community had been flooded five times in the past six years.

Naquin says the tribe plans to use $12 million in federal aid to build 60 homes on 40 acres in Bourg, which is about 10 miles inland.

 

 

 

 

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