[Marxism] Protect the Sacred Land Where Life Begins: The Gwich'in Nation needs your help now!

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at resist.ca
Fri Mar 18 12:58:47 MST 2005

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Protect the Sacred Land Where Life Begins
The Gwich'in Nation needs your help now!


The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the Sacred Place Where Life 
Begins, the calving and nursery grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd. 
Desecration of the Arctic Refuge would cause serious detriment to 
caribou and the people of the Gwich’in Nation who have depended on the 
caribou since time immemorial. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge must 
remain off limits to any oil or gas development and must be put in 
permanent protection status as Wilderness.

No matter how many times the administration tries to advance this plan, 
the facts haven't changed: drilling in the coastal plain of the Arctic 
Refuge would ruin one of America’s last wild places for what the U.S. 
Geological Survey and oil company executives concede is only a few 
months’ worth of oil, oil that would not be available for a decade. The 
American people don’t want that, and they’ve made that clear. But 
proponents of drilling in the Arctic Refuge have a much broader agenda. 
Just last year, Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) told a group of high-ranking 
Republicans that the controversy over drilling in the Arctic National 
Wildlife Refuge is a “symbolic” debate about whether or not oil and gas 
drilling should be allowed in pristine wild areas across the country.

The coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge is one of America’s last wild 
places. Caribou, musk oxen, wolves, polar, brown and black bears, and 
hundreds of thousands of migratory birds rely on the wilderness habitat 
that the Refuge provides. The Gwich'in people, Alaska natives who live 
near the Refuge, depend on the caribou. For 20,000 years, their culture 
and way of life have been intimately bound up with the Porcupine River 
Caribou Herd.

All this with the chance of finding little or no oil. At current rates 
of consumption, there is at best 6 months worth of oil in the Refuge. An 
analysis by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund - False Profits: The Business 
Case Against Drilling in the Arctic Refuge, 
http://savethearctic.com/PDFs/arcticwhitepaper_2_4_02.PDF- makes the

Sneaking Arctic Refuge drilling into the federal budget would allow 
drilling supporters to sidestep the normal Senate process. Budgets 
cannot be filibustered, so a simple majority of 51 votes could pass an 
Arctic Refuge provision. The budget process also limits time allowed for 
debate; controversial proposals attached to the budget do not receive 
the full examination they deserve. The federal budget bill is exactly 
the wrong place for Congress to decide the fate of the Arctic Refuge. 
Including Arctic Refuge drilling in the budget would be a bad fiscal 
decision as well. Since the amount of oil and the level of oil industry 
interest in drilling the Refuge are still unknown, any figures 
describing revenues derived from the sale of the oil are entirely 
speculative. Especially in these economic times, it is risky business to 
have such assumptions included in the national budget.

Take action! Write or call your Senator and Representative today. The 
Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121. And, if you want to do more, 
write a letter to the editor. Let them know that drilling in the Arctic 
National Wildlife Refuge is a bad idea, it is not the way to solve 
America's need for energy, and controversial policy decisions are not 
supposed to be made in the budget bills. To drill in the Refuge will 
destroy forever another. Native peoples' ''right to a way of life.'' For 
more information, contact the Gwich'in Steering Committee at (907) 
458-8264 or visit our web site: www.alaska.net/~gwichin .

Girl at River

The Gwich'in Nation of Northeast Alaska and Northwest Canada have a 
unified longstanding position to seek permanent protection of “Iizhik 
Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit” The Sacred Place Where Life Begins, the 
coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The coastal plain 
is the primary birthplace and nursery for over 120,000-member Porcupine 
Caribou Herd. Our Gwich’in villages are located along the migratory 
paths of the caribou. The area where we live is virtually the same as 
the range of the caribou and our villages are strategically set along 
the migratory routes of the caribou.

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