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Cajuns losing Louisiana island home to erosion

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 05:50
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"Now, just water. Plenty of water." The community of Isle de Jean Charles was born when a French man sought a new home after he was disowned for marrying a Native American woman in the early 1800s. The island was home to about 700 families. Today, there are only about 30 families left, and many fear the next big storm could force them out forever.
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"You're losing a heritage, you're losing a culture of people that lived off the land," says Chris Chaisson, an activist who has been fighting coastal erosion for a decade.

Isle de Jean Charles, US

DEEP in the bayous of Louisiana, time seems to move more slowly.

But it's not moving slowly enough to save a community of Native Americans living on a strip of an island that is being swallowed by the sea.

The southern US state has lost nearly 2,000