In this Jan. 28, 2011 photo, an abandoned fishing boat is seen sitting on the bank of a bayou past seafood dock owner Price Billiot in the American Indian fishing village of Pointe-Aux-Chenes, La., ... more 
In this Jan. 28, 2011 photo, an abandoned fishing boat is seen sitting on the bank of a bayou past seafood dock owner Price Billiot in the American Indian fishing village of Pointe-Aux-Chenes, La., where Billiot says he's surviving for now, thanks in part to $65,000 in emergency oil spill payments he received from BP PLC in June for his business losses. Even before oil began spewing into the Gulf of Mexico last spring, Louisiana's American Indian fishing villages were on the brink of collapse because of social change and the dramatic loss of coastal wetlands. Now, Indians who have known nothing but fishing all their lives find their futures tied to Kenneth Feinberg, the man handing out checks for billions of dollars of damage claims resulting from the spill. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Patrick Semansky
Tue, Feb 1, 2011 4:16 PM EST