Monday, June 7, 2010
Democracy Now: Alaska Natives speak out on Louisiana oil spill
Alaska Natives speak out on Louisiana oil spill
BP Oil Spill Threatens Future of Indigenous Communities in Louisiana
During our recent trip to southern Louisiana, we visited Grand Bayou, a village accessible only by boat, that feels they are on the brink of extinction. The indigenous Atakapa-Ishak people in this coastal Louisiana village have relied on the land and water around them to survive for generations. They live mostly off the oysters, shrimp and fish they draw from the marshes. Now the traditions and very survival of this small community are at risk. We went to Grand Bayou on the same day as a visiting delegation from Alaska who survived the Exxon-Valdez spill and spoke to indigenous leaders from both disaster-affected communities.