Louisiana tribes losing way of life along water
Tribes in southwestern Louisiana are losing their way of life and their land in the Gulf of Mexico gradually disappears.

The Houma, the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and Pointe-au-Chien tribes have long relied on fishing, farming and trapping. But their lands have been devastated by a series of hurricanes, including Katrina in 2005, along with development from the growing oil and gas industry.

"We got chased out by the whites; now we're getting chased back," Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Chief Albert Naquin, 62, told The Washington Post. "At one time, it was man-made removal; now it's Mother Nature's removal."

The tribes have struggled to their lack of federal recognition.

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Gulf Waters Imperil Tribes' Way of Life In Louisiana Bayous (The Washington Post 7/20)