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For the Gwich'in Nation, resisting drilling in the Arctic Refuge is a matter of survival


On the this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Bernadette Demientiff, executive director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee, about her fight to protect the Arctic Refuge from oil and gas drilling.



Members of the indigenous Gwich’in Nation refer to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Coastal Plain as “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins.” In April, the Trump administration announced plans to allow oil and gas drilling in this environmentally sensitive area. The Gwich'in Nation says the administration is rushing to drill at the expense of human rights. What does the Arctic mean to indigenous communities and how are they working to protect it?


Bernadette Demientieff, executive director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, an indigenous group working to preserve the Gwich’in way of life by resisting drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Web Resources:

Mother Jones: Add Alaska Native Tribes to the Long List of Casualties From the Republican Tax Plan

New York Times: ‘Impossible to Ignore’: Why Alaska Is Crafting a Plan to Fight Climate Change

Newsweek: Tax Bill-approved Arctic Drilling Will Plunder 10 Billion Barrels Of Oil And Destroy One Million Acres Of Wilderness

EarthJustice: Take Action: Defend the Arctic Refuge from Oil Drilling

The Guardian: Investors urge fossil fuel firms to shun Trump's Arctic drilling plans