decision to move is still tentative since the remote community would need to raise an estimated $180 million to relocate to a safer area. The city clerk said the community will decide at a later point where to move to, but it would likely be on the nearby mainland.

Over the past 35 years, the village has lost 2,500 to 3,000 feet of land to coastal erosion, according to Shishmaref native Esau Sinnok, who wrote an essay for the US Department of the Interior. Sinnok said his family has moved to 13 different houses from one end of the island to the other over 15 years due to loss of land.