Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc.

Board of Directors - Resolution No. 90-2

March, 1990

PROTECT PORCUPINE HERD - ITS ECOSYSTEM AND THE GWITCH'IN WAY OF LIFE

WHEREAS:

For thousands of years our ancestors, the Gritch'in Athabascan 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 health and productivity of the Porcupine Caribou Herd, and the ecosystem on which it depends (including the purity of the water and other wildlife, are threatened by proposed oil development in the calving and post-calving grounds in the Arctic Nation al Wildlife Refuge - Coastal Plain; and

WHEREAS:

oil development in the calving grounds violate our culture and endanger the very future of the Gwitch'in people; and
WHEREAS:
The Gwitch'in have the inherent right to continue their own way of life; and that this right is recognized and affirmed by civilized nations in the international covenants on human rights. Article I of both the International Covenant on Civil and Politica l 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 entire Gwitch'in Nation was called together by their chiefs in Arctic Village June 15-10 to carefully address this issue and to seek the advice of their elders; and

WHEREAS:

The Gwitch'in people of every community from Arctic Village, Venetie, Fort Yukon, Beaver, Chalkyitsik, Birch Creek, Stevens Village, Circle, and Eagle Village in Alaska; from Old Crow, Fort McPherson, Arctic Red River, Aklavik and Inuvik in Canada have re ached concensus in their traditional way. They now speak with a single voice and seek the support of the Tanana Chiefs to defend their way of life;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

That the Tanana Chiefs Conference Board of Directors urges the U.S. Congress and President to recognize the rights of our Gwitch'in people to continue to live their way of life by prohibiting development in the calving and post-calving grounds of the Porc upine Caribou Herd; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:

That to 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by made Wilderness to achieve this end.

CERTIFICATION.

I hereby certify that this resolution was duely passed by the Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc. Board of Directors on March 15, 1990 at Fairbanks, Alaska and a quorum was duly established. [signed Mitch Demientieff, Secretary-Treasurer, Tanana Chiefs Confere nce, Inc.]

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