Loyola Law Professor Robert R.M. Verchick co-authored a new report that offers legal and policy strategies for Native American tribes to relocate communities threatened by climate change.
"Reaching Higher Ground: Avenues to secure and manage new land for communities displaced by climate change" was written by the Center for Progressive Reform, a non-profit that pursues legal and regulatory policies that put health, safety, and environmental protection before private interests and corporate profit. Verchick was one of three authors. His co-authors were Maxine Burkett, a professor at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law, and David Flores, a policy analyst at the Center for Progressive Reform. The report has been featured on NPR and NOLA.com.
The report looks at notable examples of Native American tribes on the Isle de Jean Charles in the Louisiana Bayou and the Village of Newtok in Alaska. For communities who live off the land which has been passed to them by centuries of ancestors, leaving that land threatens the community's very identity. The new report offers strategies to help the tribes remain intact and maintain traditions despite the move.
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