FAIRBANKS- The U.S. Government Accountability Office traveled to Alaska for a report about the Arctic Council. The senior executive says they wanted to know about the needs and concerns of native people in northern Alaska. All indigenous people in the Arctic are considered permanent participants on the Arctic Council and they are represented by different organizations. Alaska Natives from Barrow, Wainwright, and Kivalina had differing opinions. Some said they worked with permanent participation representatives, while others said they feel underrepresented. Some didn’t know about the existence of the council. The Arctic Council is a group of different countries tasked with developing the region.
Follow the link to the full report: www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-435