Unformatted text preview: dramatically decrease the population of the Porcupine caribou. This animal is a major piece of the Gwich'in's culture and important to their way of life. The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, which was signed by President Nixon, gave control and governing capabilities to the native Indians who resided on this land for generations. In addition to giving the natives control over the land, it banned oil exploration in these areas. In today's economy, oil prices are exceedingly high and the government (because of employment issue's among the U.S. population) is forced to find a way to keep the costs affordable for the American public. These issues are causing the government (e.g. George W. Bush in 2008) to push for a way to gain access to the Arctic Wildlife Refuge in Alaska for oil exploration. In order to gain this access they would have to lift the ban and go against law that was put into affect to protect the natives. Will the American public support this movement?...
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- Spring '09
- Native Americans in the United States, Oil drilling, American Indians Web, Gwich'in Indians