The following Resolution was unanimously adopted by the 13 communities of the Gwich'in Nation. In this commitment to protection of our way of life, we are joined by the more than 180 national and local religious, environmental, social justice and Native American organizations which comprise the Alaska Coalition. Please write or call President Bill Clinton and urge him to protect the calving grounds of the Porcupine Caribou herd in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by saying "NO!" to oil development.
President Bill Clinton
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Mahsi Cho (thank you!),
Member, Gwich'in Steering Committee
Old Crow, Yukon Territory, Canada
GWICH'IN NIINTSYAAResolution to Prohibit Development in the Calving and Post-Calving Grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd
Whereas: For thousands of years our ancestors, the Gwich'in Athabaskan Indians of northeast Alaska and northwest Canada, have relied on caribou for subsistence, and continue today to subsist on the Porcupine Caribou Herd which is essential to meet the nutritional, cultural and spiritual needs of our people; and
Whereas: The Gwich'in have the inherent right to continue our own way of life; and this right is recognized and affirmed by civilized nations in the international covenants on human rights. Article I of both the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights read in part:
"...In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence."; and
Whereas: The health and productivity of the Porcupine Caribou Herd, and their availability to Gwich'in communities, and the very future of our people are endangered by proposed oil and gas exploration and development in the calving and post-calving grounds in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge-Coastal Plain; and
Whereas: The entire Gwich'in Nation was called together by our Chiefs in Arctic Village June 5-10 to carefully address this issue and to seek the advice of our elders; and
Whereas: The Gwich'in people of every community from Arctic Village, Fort Yukon, Beaver, Chalkyitsik, Birch Creek, Stevens Village, Circle, and Eagle in Alaska; from Old Crow, Fort McPherson, Arctic Red River, Aklavik, and Inuvik in Canada have reached consensus in our traditional way, and now speak with a single voice.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the United States Congress and President recognize the rights of our Gwich'in people to continue to live our way of life by prohibiting development in the calving and post-calving grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be made Wilderness to achieve this end.
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