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Stop Arctic Drilling, Support Native Rights

Support the Gwich'in Native Peoples and Defend Their Human Rights! Save the Caribou and the Arctic Refuge
Indigenous Environmental Network, International Indian Treaty Council, et al.
June 14th, 2001

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 email:

Please send us your endorsement of this letter by email or fax: email: 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 Refuge.

Signatory and title:


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 People.

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.