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Louisiana Tribes File Rights Complaint With UN Over US Climate Inaction

“Four coastal Louisiana tribes that claim the U.S. government has violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change submitted a formal complaint Wednesday to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Sea-level rise and coastal erosion are drowning tribal burial sites in South Louisiana, according to the complaint.

Continued land loss further threatens the tribes' source of food, said Shirell Parfait-Dardar, chief of the Grand Caillou and Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians.”

Sara Sneath reports for the New Orleans Times-Picayune January 16, 2020.