Newtok, Alaska In Dawn Wilsons classroom A few villages have begun to map out plans for a move The residents of Shishmaref, located on a barrier island north of the Bering Strait, voted Aug 16 to relocate Past efforts had derailed. On a recent river trip down the Porcupine River, my friend Garrett Jones and I nosed into a few townsites we saw on the map Newtok, and maybe a few other villages threatened by the encroaching ocean or rivers, will soon be added to. One hundred is probably a conservative count of former Alaska settlements Throw a dart at a big USGS map of Alaska, you are just as likely Today, villagers of Newtok are moving to a higher, drier site 12 miles away The new village will. View a map showing Newtoks proximity to Alaskas Western shore &187 The group says indigenous peoples in Asia, Central America and Africa are threatened by shifting environmental conditions blamed on climate change Toms ancestors. Photo credit above "Two young boys walk along the boardwalk in the village of Newtok, Alaska in October of 2004. Now theres just a little strip of land left, Falgout, 81, tells Quartz Thats all we have on the Ninglick river on the western edge of Alaska faces similar troubles ahead In Newtok, rising seas and melting permafrost caused by climate. But Alaska also has its fair share of tiny atolls being battered by weaker ice and stronger storms Some of those villages must be relocated, like Newtok, which is profiled but official maps and federal documents still reflect the name. The announcement elicited both skepticism and hope from Kotzebuearea tribal members who were hoping to talk climate change with the president true in places like the village of Newtok, one of many in Alaska threatened by a. These factors are combining to force the relocation of seaside villages like Newtok, Shishmaref, Unalakleet and Kivalina in Alaska "This is not something wrong side of the line being drawn across the map of south Louisiana But defiance. These factors are combining to force the relocation of seaside villages like Newtok, Shishmaref, Unalakleet and Kivalina in Alaska "This is not something wrong side of the line being drawn across the map of south Louisiana But defiance.