We need to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and repeal the 2017 Tax Act provision that allows oil exploitation on the coastal plain.
A majority of Gwich'in people remain opposed to drilling on the coastal plain of the Arctic refuge.
OPINION: Establishing more wilderness area in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would help further Inupiat values more than new oil exploration would.
The 9th Circuit Court recently declared the federal decision to allow drilling in the Beaufort Sea was illegal. I am a member of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands), a plaintiff in the case. I live in Kaktovik and I am Inupiaq.