Update: Last week the Justice Department announced a $20.8 billion settlement with BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. And while this is the biggest pollution settlement in history, the United Houma Nation won't see a cent. Donate here to help the Houma continue their fight for federal recognition and justice.
Last week the Justice Department announced a $20.8 billion settlement with BP over the oil spill that unleashed 210 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.1 While this was the largest pollution settlement in U.S. history, the United Houma Nation (UNH), who were hit by the worst of the spill, won't see one cent and can't even sue BP because they are not federally recognized.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch referred to the settlement as, "a major step forward in our effort to deliver justice to the gulf region in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy."2 But for UNH, and many others, who still experience oil mats and tar balls that wash ashore near their homes, a devastated fishing industry and a loss of their land at a rate of 16 square miles per year due to drilling and erosion,3 justice has definitely not been delivered.
UNH are a resilient and proud nation. As their Principal Chief, Thomas Dardar, recently remarked, "The context now is very different from what it was nearly 35 years ago when the tribe first made its petition to the federal government."3 He's hopeful that renewed efforts will help the tribe win the recognition it deserves and needs to build a resilient future. But in order to do this, the Houma needs our help.
Thomas Aquinas said, "To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin." The Houma have shown patience for 35 years and need our help to right the sins of our nation's past and the present.
With your help we can show them the true meaning of Indigenous Peoples Day, by having their backs and getting them the justice they deserve. Please click here to help the Houma Nation get justice and victory.
Thank You so much for your support,
Anthony and the Environmental Action Gulf Coast Freedom Fighters
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