09 Sep '11, 8pm

As waves lap at their doorsteps, Alaskan islanders take on climate polluters:

As waves lap at their doorsteps, Alaskan islanders take on climate polluters:

Even if Kivalina succeeds in financing its relocation, the future of the community is by no means assured. Shearer recounts how a contractor working on the relocation problem, URS Corporation, proposed an inland site that horrified residents -- too cold, too windy, too removed from the coast -- and has yet to consider their objections. A story with eerie resonance is that of the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, where in 1947 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began what amounted to a cruel, involuntary experiment on one of the most prosperous Native American groups in the United States at that time, the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara) inhabiting nine towns along the Missouri River. Here, ironically citing the purpose of flood control, the Corps of Engineers constructed the world's fifth largest earth-filled dam , inundating hundreds of thousa...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-09-09-waves-door...

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