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Quote of the day: We will not become conservation refugees

The Arctic Iñupiat will not become conservation refugees. We do not approve of efforts to turn our homeland into one giant national park, which literally guarantees us a fate with no economy, no jobs, reduced subsistence and no hope for the future of our people. We are already being impacted by restrictions of access to the federal lands for subsistence purposes – this is really disturbing to us since we have lived here long before there ever was a refuge designated.”

– Matthew Rexford, tribal administrator, Kaktovik, in testimony before the Senate Energy Committee on Nov. 2, 2017.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Well said! Self-determination at it’s finest.

  • I hope Matthew Rexford’s statement goes NATIONAL! Amen!

  • I love the photo with scowling walker in the background!