March 04, 2005

No Apology Required, IMO

On Wednesday, the [Alaska] House of Representatives passed a revised resolution that formally urges Congress to allow oil exploration and development in the coastal plain of ANWR. The House had already passed a resolution on the topic in January, but the Senate failed to accept that version and sent over its own, which deleted language mentioning the Gwich'in people and their long-standing reliance on the Porcupine Caribou Herd in the ANWR area.

The change didn't sit well with Salmon, a Gwich'in born in Fort Yukon who opposes oil drilling in ANWR.

During discussion on the House floor of a failed attempt by Democrats to reinsert the language, Salmon said the Gwich'in had lived in the region for 12,000 years and would be there another 12,000 years "unless you people kill us."

1 Comments:

Blogger First Sea Lord said...

It was a few weeks ago now that a small event I am not at liberty to discuss killed, I think, my heart's deeper connection to Alaska; it was the feeling of connection turning to a crystalized memory of connection.

This kind of news just reminds me of how alien and hostile the place feels to me now, and even though Alaska has a bright and even beautiful future in the long run, mostly because of Native Alaskans who have motivations beyond ignorant arrogance and getting rich, I am ashamed of it, and spent of it, and tired even of my bitterness.

March 9, 2005 at 11:05 AM  

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