(AA) Gwich'in Athabascan peoples and oil

Pantel Jesus (ksjp000@tamuk.edu)
Mon, 7 Oct 1996 14:49:44 -0500 (CDT)

The Gwich'in Athabascan people are Native Americans who have
villages along the Canada-Alaska border. They are mainly hunter-gatherers
and are very dependent on caribou. In fact, Gwich'in culture centers
materially and spiritually around caribou.

In 1997 the U$ Congress will push to open
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where the caribou roam, in Alaska to
oil exploration. The Alaska congressional delegation already wishes
to rename the refuge as the National Oil Reserve.

The proposed drilling site is right in the middle of where
Porcupine Caribou (the chief caribou herd the Gwich'in rely on) have
their calves. The area is best for the caribou because surrounding areas
offer less protection and less nutrition for the calves.

Weakened caribou are less likely to survive, thus affecting the
survival of the Gwich'in.

The majority of this information was taken from "The Last Hunters"
in the Oct/Nov '96 edition of Mother Earth News.

Jesus Pantel MetalAxe@tamuk.edu