Monday, September 22, 2008

Update on the Native American's in Lousiana

posted by The Vidiot @ 11:30 AM Permalink

Over a week ago, I posted an al Jazeera story on how the native Americans in Houma were getting screwed yet again by the American government. Now, I guess they're tired of it and are calling it quits.
Chief Albert Naquin is tired. Tired of seeing his community flooded. Tired of begging for help.

More than a week after Hurricane Gustav pushed water over the ring levee protecting the island in south Terrebonne Parish, where descendants of several American Indian communities still live, Naquin, chief of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians, declared: "This is my last one. I'm not going to keep doing this."

Naquin says it is time for the island's remaining residents to move farther inland, surrendering their way of life to the twin threats of storm surge and coastal erosion.
Read the whole article. It's interesting, though, it doesn't mention the legal battles the tribe has been facing with the oil companies like the al Jazeera story did.

I'm sure the oil companies are happy.

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At 6:25 PM, Anonymous college chick said...

Albert needs to focus on helping his people not fussing about how tired he is, if your tired let some one else be the chief! This is his indian heritage, his ancestors land, and no one should be giving up, much less the cheif of the tribe!

I have been to the island many times, I know many that live there! The people are poor, many of them can not read or write, they make a living by oyster, shrimp, or crab fishing! Although, moving off may seem like the simplest solution, for many that live on the island, its giving up the only thing they have ever known! The island is almost like a third world country poor, dirty and in need of desperate help!


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