Congress is taking steps to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to oil and gas drilling. Opponents have turned back similar efforts before, but Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration are generating momentum for the idea. Alaska Native voices are on both sides of the issue. Some Alaska Native corporations stand to benefit from oil development. Others say it’s a fragile ecosystem and home to traditional food sources and sacred places.
Matthew Rexford (Inupiaq) – president of the Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation and tribal administrator for the Native Village of Kaktovik
Samuel Alexander – tribal member of Gwichyaa Zheii Gwich’in
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