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BP payments may not save Indians' livelihoods

Louisiana's American Indian fishing villages…want Feinberg to compensate them not just for lost wages but for a way of life that relied on the bounty of the marshes and now is in jeopardy…Tribal leaders say they're worried many members won't be compensated fairly, so they've brought on a New York City law firm to help the tribes navigate the difficult claims process…Feinberg told those at his first meeting with Indian tribes Friday that he wanted to pay them claims for the value seafood and hunting plays in their everyday lives - so-called "subsistence claims."…"It's a claim that my lifestyle has been adversely impacted by my inability to any longer live off the resources that I hunt or catch," he said. "What I could go hunt or fish I now have to go buy.”

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USA: Native American fishermen from Gulf Coast of Louisiana claim BP compensation should cover loss of "a way of life" plus lost wages

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