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May 18, 2010 1:34 PM by Chris Welty

American Indians Upset Over Oil Spill

POINTE-AU-CHIEN, La. (AP) - For American Indians on Louisiana's
bayou, the massive oil spill is another bitter blow for tribes who
say drilling has already destroyed their swamps over several
decades.
The month-old spill has spread 5 million gallons of crude across
the Gulf and has closed bays and lakes in Louisiana's bountiful
delta. That includes fishing grounds that feed the last
American-Indian villages in three parishes.
Emary Billiot blames oil companies for ruining his ancestral
marsh over the decades and tribes say oil and land companies
illegally grabbed vast areas.
The fisherman with the heavy French-Indian accents says once the
oil gets in the marshes, it's trouble because it's where shrimp
spawn.

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