The state of Alaska just approved a key permit to begin work on a controversial copper, gold and silver mine. Native American groups have opposeed the Pebble Mine project since it was first proposed. Environmental organizations, commercial fishermen and others are also fighting it. The mine is planned for an area within the watershed for Bristol Bay, which is vital salmon habitat.
Alannah Hurley (Yupik) – executive director of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay
Mike Heatwole – vice president of public affairs for The Pebble Partnership
Abe Williams (Alutiiq Eskimo, Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholder and past president of the Paug-Vik Village Corporation) – commercial fisherman and business owner
Break music: Qalurru (Dip Netting) (song) Pamyua (artist) Drums Of The North: Traditional Yup’ik Songs (album)