Project Chariot

NATIVE VILLAGE OF POINT HOPE

ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION OFFENSES AGAINST THE PEACE AND SECURITY OF THE INUPIAT OF POINT HOPE

PRESS RELEASE
October 17, 1992
Anchorage, Alaska

We, the Inupiat of Point Hope, have the ability to face the arrogant policies of the former Atomic Energy Commission and its Project Chariot. We will not be willing vicitms for the genocidal and inhuman policies of the Nuclear Energy Commission. Our Grand fathers and Grandmothers have taught us to persevere through hostile circumstances and unforeseen environments. Our ancestors had informed us of our spiritual dimensions and taught us that our spirituality and strength lies within ourselves. That has been the source of our honesty and respect for others which the Europeans have historically misunderstood as "childishness". In our recent history with the United States, we had not expected such deceptiveness and complete disregard for ourselves as we still held to our traditional teachings. Nor had we expected their hidden policy of involuntary destruction of a People, ourselves, the Inupiat.

On October 9, 1992 one-hundred angry and fearful residents of Point Hope met at their community center. The finality of the community spirit was purely and clearly stated by veteran George Kingik. He said that, "The United States soldiers were used as res earch subjects to study radiation effects. This is commonly known and it isn't so far fetched to assume Arctic Eskimos were used in the same way. World War II was a holocaust for the Jews but the Jews were treated better than we were. The Jews knew it was coming." For the Inupiat, the destructive force was completely unforseen and invisible. There was not even the appearance of civilized gesture and involvement.

In 1958 the Atomic Energy Commission proposed to use five nuclear weapons to blast a port at Cape Thompson, 26 miles from Point Hope. Forceful public and scientific opinion on the merits of the project failed to convince the American public and congress o f the benefits of a Cape Thompson blast. At this point the Atomic Energy Commission made a critical shift from demobilization to a pathological experimentation of the radioactive contamination upon ourselves and our pristine homeland. The Atomic Energy Co mmission failed their public trust responsibility and deceptively left the lethal strontium 90 in the groundwater of Inupiat land for monitored absorbtion by our beautiful lands and waters and ultimately by ourselves and our teachers, the Animals.

Thirty years later, in the light of this finding of lethal experimentation upon ourselves, we the Inupiat of Point Hope, have adopted the INUPIAT CODE OF OFFENSES AGAINST THE PEACE AND SECURITY OF MANKIND. We adopt this code in order to better protect our selves from the policies of the United States which have historically disregarded the well-being of indigenous Peoples.

The United States has adopted the Genocide Convention effective November 4, 1988. Therefore, we the Inupiat of Point Hope and the Kasigluk Elders' Conference, recommend to all Traditional Native Governments and IRAs, that they adopt, by their own majority , this Code of Offenses Against the Peace and Security of Mankind.

This Winter the Native Village of Point Hope will convene an International Tribune to hear all offenses against the peace and security of mankind at Point Hope. Please send your support or monetary contributions to defray costs of the tribune. Contact Ern ie Frankson, President of the Native Village of Point Hope, Box 91, Point Hope, Alaska 99766.