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Louisiana Indian Village Holds Out Against Plea to Move

Offbeat  (tags: island, Native Americans, won't leave, water )

- 3474 days ago -
ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES, La. - A day in the life of Edison Dardar starts with a caterwaul of a shout. A yawlp. His chest puffs up: "Yay-hoooo!" Morning cries down the road greet him.


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Rhonda Maness (580)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 5:03 pm
Thanks Terry

jay way (11)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 6:04 pm
I know how these people feel- doesn`t America owe them the right to have a decent place to live. Ask a foriegner - didnt one country build sea walls?

Sherry E (168)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 6:24 pm
This is sad. Thanks Terry.

Shirley S (187)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 8:41 pm
These people are safe UNTIL??????

Deborah O (98)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 10:14 pm
This is their home. They have a right to fight for it.

Vicky C G (7)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 1:58 am
Why not seawalls? I hope they keep fighting. As a person who only recently left the area where my family has been for 200 years I understand how they feel. I have hope and sympathy for this group. I pray they win their battle.

Sandy v (91)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 1:04 pm
White people will NEVER understand the relationship between natives and the land/sea/air. This could be fixed but the govenment won't do it. I totally understand them and they will stay until it becomes completely impossible. What a great way to live as I have been in places like this. It was quiet, clean air, gentle breezes and warm hearts. Every place has it's problems with weather and people of all colors choose to stay with the land. As a nation of movers, most have no idea what this is about. I love this state and the people. It is so diverse and wonderful so it did break my heart when we as a nation failed to help them after Katrina. Most of us did all we could but it was up to the government to step in to fill the void we could not fill.

Paula L (17)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 3:09 pm
Wado Lone Wolf for the info. These are smart people. They know what they face. When the time comes they will move farther inland if need be. But if they feel they can still raise sufficient food to survive on, then leave them alone. And yes, Sandy V. the government should step in and help by filling the voids, but what the government has already helped to do is cause the waters to rise long before the natural happenings of nature would have. So leave these people on their land that has been handed down from their Ancestors. It is Sacred to them. They will do what they need to to survive. And The Spirit will lead them through it all. detsada thyvsdis Hold onto each other regardless, detsada geyusesdi - Raise each other up, don't hurt one another.

Gillian M (218)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 3:27 pm
To some extent I understand their reluctance to move. This is a perfect life to them and it is sad that they will be forced to move eventually. The predujices awaiting them cannot be very tempting!

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 3:53 pm
thank you.
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