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  •  Great job, LP. Thanks so much for posting today. (5+ / 0-)

    Another, much overlooked population affected by the spill:

    For bayou tribe, new year brings only uncertainty

    "(The oil spill) has changed our diet a lot," said Billiot a United Houma Nation councilwoman who lives in Golden Meadow, La. Despite assurances from federal government agencies that the seafood is safe, she remains uncertain.

    "Everyone that has come to my (local tribal) meetings ... says the same things," she said. "They are not trusting the seafood yet. They don't want to feed it to their children and their elderly parents."

    Such uncertainty is a main staple for the Houma people these days. Even if they regain confidence in gulf seafood for their own families, they wonder when — or whether — the national appetite for the products will return. And if it does, will the fish and shrimp populations will be sufficient to meet the demand?

    "We've been shrimpers all our married lives," said Billiot. "We know what we had, and spent accordingly. But, like this, you don't know. ... Is there going to be a season next year?"

    "Institutional racism doesn't require intent. It's more like inertia." --blindyone

    by Yasuragi on Fri Dec 31, 2010 at 11:03:59 AM PST

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