The Indigenous Environmental Network, the International Indian Treaty
Council and Greenaction issue this call to action to stop George W. Bush's
plan to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Oil drilling
in this beautiful area would violate the human rights of the Gwich'in
Native Peoples, would pollute the pristine wilderness of the Arctic Refuge,
and would threaten the survival of the porcupine caribou and the Gwich'in.
We ask organizations from all walks of life to sign the Statement of
Support for the Gwich'in in their fight against the proposed oil drilling.
We will deliver this statement to the Gwich'in on June 22, 2001 in
Arctic Village, Alaska. We will also send it to President George W. Bush
and Congress to demand they drop this oil drilling plan now.
Tell the White House: No Oil Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
White House phone (202) 456-1111, 456-1414; fax (202) 456-2461
Please send us your endorsement of this letter by email or fax:
email: email@example.com Fax: (218) 751-0561
Please add our organization to the Statement of Support (listed below)
for the Gwich'in People: No Oil Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife
Signatory and title:
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR THE GWICH'IN PEOPLE
NO OIL DRILLING IN THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
We the undersigned declare our support for the Gwich'in People in
opposition to the proposal to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge. We pledge to help stop the proposed oil drilling which would
pollute the Arctic Refuge, desecrate sacred land, and threaten the survival
of the porcupine caribou herd and the Gwich'in People.
For tens of thousands of years the Gwich'in - the Caribou People - have
lived in harmony with the caribou. The plan to drill for oil in the Arctic
Refuge is an unacceptable violation of the human rights of the Gwich'in.
The oil companies and the Bush Administration have no right to destroy the
way of life, culture, environment and economic subsistence of the Gwich'in
We raise our voices in protest as President Bush, Vice-President Cheney and
their oil company friends attempt to promote this oil drilling plan.
We stand united with the Gwich'in in defense of human rights, wildlife, and
the beautiful wilderness in the Arctic Refuge.