Letter: Jewell needs balanced view

August 29, 2013 

I am pleased to hear that Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is going to make a visit to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

I understand that she is to visit Barrow and Kaktovik as she tries to gauge the landscape and the politics so far north. But for a balanced Alaska Native view she should also visit Arctic Village, which does not have the same corporate connections but is also a great example of a tribe so reliant on the resources of the refuge. As she is surrounded and insulated by fancy suits, I hope she is able to see through the corporate haze and recognize the history and intent of the refuge.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a reservoir, not for oil but for wildlife. We have other Alaska lands we can drill onshore to sustain our Alaska economy without plundering one of the last natural wonders on planet Earth. It is a national refuge, and it belongs to all Americans. 


— Daniel Lum




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