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Point Hope caribou case: Waste, wounds and the hunt for truth

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  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published October 23, 2009

Link: Alaska Dispatch Eight Point Hope men, ages 18 to 30, are due to stand trial Nov. 30 for gunning down dozens of caribou on the tundra last summer, sorting through carcasses and salvaging meat from only the most pristine. Dispatch has prepared an extensive look at the investigation and its effect on the Arctic village, including a three-part article, a timeline, video interviews and video from a planned Animal Planet show on the incident. "In a state where the rural-urban divide is ever present, tainted with undertones of racism and fueled by cultural misunderstandings, the dead caribou began to take on an importance beyond their number," Dispatch writes. "... But the persistence of state troopers in trying to hunt down the hunters, the apprehension among Point Hope villagers toward outside forces meddling with the subsistence hunting foundation of their community, and the widespread attention the case received in the media raised the stakes for everyone." Part 1 is here; Part 2 is here. Part 3 is due to be published tonight.

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