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    is major story not on list. or maybe it is covered in one of the links. If not, i would like to see added if possible.:)

    This story is about Alaska, but also impacts in tribal communities in other parts of US, like the south:

    Native peoples are no stranger to forced relocation. It is a bitter chapter in the history of North American tribal peoples.

    Now, the 21st century version of Native relocation has emerged in Alaska, this time, as a consequence of man-made climate change.

    Climate-induced relocation is cited as one of six key vulnerabilities facing Native communities in the tribal chapter of the 2013 National Climate Assessment. Some of the authors of the tribal chapter of the 2013 Assessment were on hand to present and seek feedback from Indian country for their final draft at the National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference, June 17 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    According to the tribal chapter, more than 30 Native villages in Alaska are in need of, or in the process of, relocating their entire villages due to the impact of climate change. The draft cited the Native villages of Shishmaref and Newtok, a traditional Yup’ik village in Alaska, as examples.

    Melting permafrost (permanently frozen soil), decreased arctic sea ice, rising sea levels and shoreline erosion have led to flooding, and the destruction of homes and infrastructure in Alaskan villages. Public health issues such as loss of clean drinking water, salt water intrusion and sewage contamination have also arisen to disrupt traditional Native Alaskan life.

    "It is in the shelter of each other that people live." Irish Proverb

    by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 08:55:22 AM PST

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