USA: Bottom of 'da Boot by Kael Alford

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Kirstin Guidry stands on the front of her grandfather's skiff on the lawn of their house on Isle Jean Charles, Louisiana. The island is clinging to life after decades of severe erosion of coastal marshes that once provided a buffer against hurricanes and high tides.  Only 70 or so residents remain, down from 300 at its peak. The predominantly Native American community has battled for autonomy and land rights for generations. Members of the community were banned from attending integrated schools with white residents until the early 1970s, while at the same time coastal Louisiana tribes continue to be denied Native American recognition that would grant benefits under US federal law.