Stand with the Gwich’in, Defend the Arctic

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - On Friday the Gwich'in Steering Committee held a Defend the Arctic event to stand for the calving grounds of the porcupine caribou herd, and defend the Gwich'in way of life.
It was a day of fun and reflection.
A time to share stories and show their Gwich'in pride.
Bernadette Demientieff is the Executive Director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee.
Demientieff says the gathering was to share with the Fairbanks community the history of the Gwich'in people and show that it should be protected.
"Our voices are the most powerful tool we have and we're going to use it. Nobody is going to silence us,” she said.
And while Demientieff shows her spirit, our elected officials are also doing their best.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been a big advocate for ANWR drilling. She is aware of the concerns that Demientieff and many others like her have.
“With high environmental standards we can protect the wildlife and the waterfowl. We can provide for the subsistence needs of the native people that live there, at the same time we provide further resources for Alaska, Alaskans and the country," our senator said.
Youth and elder alike, native and non-native, joining together to learn more about Alaska's people.