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(CNN)The Alaskan village of Shishmaref voted this week to surrender to global warming and move its ancestral home.
The Tuesday vote was close. Eighty-nine people voted to move Shishmaref to the Alaska mainland while 78 voted to stay and fight the rising tide, said Donna Barr, secretary of the Shishmaref Council.
Nearly all the 169 registered voters showed up to the village meeting to vote, she said. The vote was important, perhaps more in symbolism than substance, because while the move isn't imminent, when it happens, both the financial and emotional cost will be great.
Their people have been there a long time. And leaving means giving up a way of life.
"Our community on this island has seen artifacts about 500 years old," Barr said.
Now they have to decide how to pay for the escape. It is a buck they plan to pass.
"About 15 years ago, they estimated the cost at $180 million, but I would figure it's much higher now," Barr said. "We don't see the move happening in our lifetime because of the funding."
In the end, all that might leave is the people.