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INUPIAT LEADER ASKS SENATORS TO . . .Visit ANWR
Anchorage Daily News ^ | February 17, 2002 | Voice of the Times

Posted on 02/18/2002 5:22:31 AM PST by banyanroot

Voice of the Times




(Published: February 17, 2002)

INUPIAT LEADER ASKS SENATORS TO . . .

Visit ANWR

FENTON REXFORD, president of the Inupiat-owned Kaktovik Inupiat Corp., has called on Sens. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and John Kerry, D-Mass., to visit the North Slope region they have been so passionately protecting from drilling.

Rexford sent letters to Kerry and Lieberman inviting both to visit Kaktovik, on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Kaktovik is the only community on the ANWR coastal plain, but neither Lieberman nor Kerry has talked to the people who live there. Instead, they court green extremists and the Gwich'in people living in two small villages south of the Brooks Range, Arctic Village and Venetie.

The Gwich'in oppose drilling and have thrown their lot in with the nation's green extremists in hopes of blocking it. Very few of the Gwich'in have ever visited the North Slope either. Moreover, they are even prevented from doing so by their leaders despite frequent invitations.

Rexford said in an announcement on the invitations that he is "confident that a visit to ANWR with my people will help the senators see beyond the propaganda and rhetoric distributed by the extremists within the environmental industry to mislead the public."

The KIC president noted that the Inupiat have lived in the area for thousands of years. Their way of life has significantly improved since oil development began in Alaska's Arctic in the 1970s. And the industrial tax base created by their home-rule government has provided public services that many Americans take for granted, things like running water, flush toilets, schools and hospitals.

"For us," he said, "responsible development means the right to live healthy and productive lives. It means educating our children, providing health care to our people, and creating sanitary living conditions."

Rexford noted that blocking ANWR development is the environmental industry's number one priority. The greens have spent millions of dollars in a public relations campaign to convince Americans that development would adversely affect wildlife in the area.

"Our people are the aboriginal environmentalists of the Arctic region of Alaska," Rexford added. "We have been the stewards of the land, sea, animals and environment here for thousands of years. We would never support a measure that would adversely impact our traditional way of life or compromise our Inupiat values.

"I would hope that the public process would allow those closest to the ANWR issue the chance to be heard. However, Senators Kerry and Lieberman only care to hear from environmental extremists based in New York and Washington, D.C. It is unfortunate that they will decide my people's future from thousands of miles away without considering our position."

Well said, Fenton Rexford.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energylist; enviralists

1 posted on 02/18/2002 5:22:32 AM PST by banyanroot
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To: banyanroot
Things you will only read about in an Alaskan newspaper. The urban environmentalists would never permit such a letter to be published.

Similarly, when clinton's stooges ripped off more than a billion dollars from the Indian Trust Fund, the media published hardly a word about it, because it's impossible for Democrats to be politically correct as long as they support abortion and perversion.

Nor will you see any pictures of that particular section of the Alaskan coast, which is said to be a flat, barren, mosquito-ridden swamp, only a few acres of which would be affected by the drilling.

2 posted on 02/18/2002 5:31:39 AM PST by Cicero
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To: Cicero
politically INcorrect.
3 posted on 02/18/2002 5:32:26 AM PST by Cicero
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To: banyanroot
It will never happen. Liberals avoid confronting the truth like vampires avoid the sunlight.

Hmmm, wonder if there is a connection?

4 posted on 02/18/2002 5:43:55 AM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: Cicero
Actually, even though Alaska is overwhelmingly conservative, the Anchorage Daily News is quite liberal which greatly angers the majority. However, when the California family (yep, you read that right!) purchased ADN, the terms included the following from the seller:
The Voice of the Times does not represent the editorial views of the Anchorage Daily News. This commentary is published under an agreement with the owner of the former Anchorage Times newspaper to preserve its separate editorial voice. The Voice of the Times staff can be contacted at AnchTimes@corecom.net.

5 posted on 02/18/2002 5:44:43 AM PST by banyanroot
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To: Species8472
fyi
6 posted on 02/18/2002 5:54:18 AM PST by kayak
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To: nunya bidness;AuntB;Snow bunny;Billie;JeffHead;backhoe;farmfriend;Carry_Okie;SierraWasp...
*For your viewing pleasure.*
7 posted on 02/18/2002 6:59:02 AM PST by Issaquahking
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To: Issaquahking;ratcat
And a great pleasure it is. This is a real counterpunch to Mr. Rockefeller's investment in his greenies and hopefully will make his great price-fixing scam a little harder to do.
8 posted on 02/18/2002 7:13:24 AM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: banyanroot;snopercod;SierraWasp
I wonder if the Gwich'in are holding up the Inupiat for a piece of the action? Between that and the Rockefellers, this could be quite a bidding war that might just bring the thugs out into the open. Somebody should contact Mr. Rexford and see if they can set up a sting.
9 posted on 02/18/2002 7:17:35 AM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: Dog Gone
A textbook case.
10 posted on 02/18/2002 7:18:48 AM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: banyanroot
Also, take a look at the ANWR Survey by the City of Kaktovik.
11 posted on 02/18/2002 7:21:35 AM PST by banyanroot
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To: Carry_Okie
I wonder if the Gwich'in are holding up the Inupiat for a piece of the action?

You can bank on that. These Native Americans That We Can't Call Eskimos Anymore are far more sophisticated than most people think. They routinely negotiate with the oil companies in Alaska and engage in what can only be described as extortion whenever possible.

They block the movement of drilling rigs by claiming that it will interfere with whaling hunts, but are more than happy to back off when they are offered a huge sum of money. This kind of stuff goes on all the time.

These folks aren't idiots. They don't want to eat whale blubber and caribou jerky. They want cash, and ANWR is a big prize.

12 posted on 02/18/2002 7:45:38 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Carry_Okie
EGA; what a scarry sight.

Carrie I enjoyed your insight and commentary on the Yucca Mountain thread!

13 posted on 02/18/2002 7:52:35 AM PST by CPT Clay
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To: banyanroot
Rexford sent letters to Kerry and Lieberman inviting both to visit Kaktovik, on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

They should have them visit during the winter when the drilling will occur and have them count the caribou.

14 posted on 02/18/2002 7:58:44 AM PST by StriperSniper
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To: CPT Clay;Dog Gone
GulfinTonkin is still harassing me over it. It's pretty disgusting to see someone 69 themselves with such internal dishonesty; it's worse to have to muck around in it. Sometimes I hold my nose when I jump into these threads.

Hey, DG! Whaddya think of my sting idea? You think Meester Rocketfeeler's peepill are dumb (or desperate) enough to get caught? Citi's hurtin after Enron you know ;-)

15 posted on 02/18/2002 8:01:47 AM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: StriperSniper
ANWR Survey
16 posted on 02/18/2002 8:03:30 AM PST by StriperSniper
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To: StriperSniper
Absolutely! See TomB post.
17 posted on 02/18/2002 8:06:07 AM PST by banyanroot
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To: banyanroot
Their way of life has significantly improved since oil development began in Alaska's Arctic in the 1970s. And the industrial tax base created by their home-rule government has provided public services that many Americans take for granted, things like running water, flush toilets, schools and hospitals.

Very clever ploy to use against liberals....Drill in the ANWR...It's for the children!

18 posted on 02/18/2002 8:08:45 AM PST by N. Theknow
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To: banyanroot
I visited Kaktovik in '69 as an Air Force Officer who was responsible for inspecting DEW Line Sites. I was there during the spring migration when the caribou would come down from their winter pastures in the Brooks Range and summer on the coastal plain. I remember the migrating herds were a river of animals that was remarkable in its size. The thousands of caribou were followed by the wolves which culled the herd of the weak and the young who strayed from their mother's side. The DEW Line site manager offered to loan me an M-1 should I care to take one of the caribou. I demurred but I did sample caribou steak, (there were 4 caribou in the walk in freezer)

From what I've read the herds are larger than ever and the early Prudhoe Bay facilities are even more environmentally friendly. But Heck! Leiberman and Kerry aren't going to allow facts to effect their positions!

19 posted on 02/18/2002 8:09:39 AM PST by Young Werther
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To: Carry_Okie
I wonder if the Gwich'in are holding up the Inupiat for a piece of the action?

My understanding is that it is quite documented that this Tribe, some distance from the actual ANWR villages and tribes, was trying for a partnership type arrangement placing them in front of the local tribes and when they couldn't get the sweetheart deal for their tribe they became shills for the Leftist-Green activist organizations seeing them as the only easy money and influence still available to them.

20 posted on 02/18/2002 8:15:15 AM PST by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke;Carry_Okie
The truth regarding the Gwich’ins opposition to drilling ANWR has nothing to do with the sacred Porcupine Caribou herds, which have steadily increased since the Prudhoe Bay drilling began. The Gwich'ins authorized drilling on their own lands but unfortunately for them, no oil was found. More to the point, the Gwich'ins are jealously angry that the Inupiats will profit more if ANWR is drilled because it would be on Inupiat soil. So, as suggested in this thread - YES, the Gwich'in are siding with the ASSEs (Armchair Self-righteous Social Engineers) for a bigger piece of the pie!
21 posted on 02/18/2002 8:39:36 AM PST by banyanroot
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To: Carry_Okie
They are probably both dumb enough and desperate enough to fall for it, but I doubt that anybody wants to complicate the effort to open ANWR with a sting of the rich and powerful.

It would be fun, though.

22 posted on 02/18/2002 8:41:37 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: banyanroot
Now that you have recounted the specifics better than I was able to recall them, I'll chime in and state that your summary jibes with what I recall as well. Thanks.
23 posted on 02/18/2002 8:49:00 AM PST by KC Burke
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To: *Alaska
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24 posted on 02/18/2002 8:49:46 AM PST by KC Burke
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To: banyanroot
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25 posted on 02/18/2002 8:53:13 AM PST by VOA
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To: Dog Gone;SierraWasp;Grampa Dave;snopercod
I doubt that anybody wants to complicate the effort to open ANWR with a sting of the rich and powerful.

I do! I do!!! Think of what might be said in the plea bargaining session and where that might go!

It would be fun, though.

Yep, but you might get callusses on the side yer nose, or (what with the weather up there) inside instead. Ya think we could talk Redford into that one? (hehehe) Lessee, Native Amerikins, big bad oil men (no offense DG), bigger badder internationalist bankers (and bigger badder oil men), wacked out RICOnuts, and awl about the EnvironMINT. Then there's the chase scene with dog fights between helicopters and Gulfstreams... Maybe we can get the Rainbow Warrior up there for a protest? If they get icebound will the grubbamint make them mitigate the pristine coastline when it sinks?

26 posted on 02/18/2002 8:53:32 AM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: Carry_Okie
Wouldn't you love to give a continuous fusion dose of Versed to Da$$hole, Kerry and the other enviral liars of the Senate and round up shorty Redford and fly them to this part of Alaska to visit the Inupiats.

After a week of seeing the reality not their lies of ANWR, the only way these senators can come back to the mainland. They would have to admit that they have lying on the ANWR situation to serve their Opecker masters on Fox TV and on digital tape and discs. Then mail a copy at enviral expense to every American voter. Da$$hole and Kerry are the American Mullahs of the Opecker Nations. For a lot of money they work 24/7 to make us more dependent on Opecker oil!

They can keep Redford up there. Just insert a cedar pole up his ample Clymer and use him as a frozen Totem to warn other lying enviral criminals not to lie to Americans!

27 posted on 02/18/2002 9:05:21 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave
You mirror my sentiments!
28 posted on 02/18/2002 9:38:57 AM PST by banyanroot
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To: banyanroot
Thanks! Hopefully we can wake up more good Americans to the dangers of the envirals as they finance senators to make us more dependent on Opecker Oil.

The club sierra and its Mullahs in the Senate, Da$$hole, Kerry, Boxer, ChiFi, Kennedy and ________ (fill in the blank of your favorite watermelon senator) have worked 24/7 since the 1970's to make us more dependent on Opecker Oil.

Mullah Shorty Da$$hole is the worst in history and in the senate today. He has done more to keep us dependent on Opecker Oil than anyone else in America. His blockage of the vote on ANWR means more $'s each day/week/month/year flowing into the Opecker nations. Who, then fund the al-Queerdos to go do violence against America!

We need to drill in Anwr and develop the technology to find and deliver the massive oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The day we can stop delivery of Opecker oil to America, the Islamic Terrorists will begin to fade away like bad dreams. Their money and verbal support comes from the Opecker Nations like the once super rich Saudis! The super rich Saudis who have financed the eco and Islamic terrorists for decades.

29 posted on 02/18/2002 9:51:11 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave;Carry_Okie;Dog Gone;SierraWasp;snopercod;VOA;KC Burke;Young Werther;N. Theknow...
Fax Senator Tom DasHOLE for free regarding ANWR from anwr.org!
30 posted on 02/18/2002 9:53:08 AM PST by banyanroot
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To: banyanroot
Thanks for the link. I just faxed Mullah shorty Da$$hole, the most dangerous man in the world to Americans/America!

The buddy, pal and aide de camp of the Opecker Nations. He has done more to keep us dependent on Opecker Oil than any other pro Opecker American traitor!

32 posted on 02/18/2002 12:59:14 PM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: banyanroot
Fax Senator Tom DasHOLE for free regarding ANWR from anwr.org!

Dashcle and others of "the anointed" visit ANWR?
Get real! These self-appointed guardians of the "oppressed" are too busy
working on unconstitutional laws to circumvent the First Amendment!
33 posted on 02/18/2002 5:07:50 PM PST by VOA
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To: banyanroot
Keep in mind what a PACK OF LIES the advertisements are down here in America. Kerry and Loserman probably pay to have these ads created so they can keep ANWR locked up. I've got a lot of time working that old Prudhoe Bay oil field, and they're are NO TREES or MOUNTAINS for 80 miles! The pix on T.V. would have you believe it was some kind of sparsely covered wooded area. Caribou also like the drilling pads in the summer because they can get up on them and have the wind strip the bugs away! Big bull caribou use the VSM's(vertical support member's)that support the pipeline above ground, to rub the velvet off there horns during the rutting season. The footprint from oil drilling will be smaller than Rhode Island! Caribou will be disappointed that we human's are so stingy with offering new pads and stuff for them.

DRILL ANWR!

34 posted on 02/18/2002 9:03:27 PM PST by Issaquahking
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To: Issaquahking
Locator bttt^
35 posted on 02/18/2002 11:32:35 PM PST by backhoe
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To: Carry_Okie
"Some of the Gwichins, who live 150 miles south of the Coastal Plain, are opposed to development. The Gwichins leased their own lands for oil exploration, but no oil was found. Now they oppose the Inupiats having the same rights to explore."

This is according to www.anwr.org

36 posted on 02/25/2002 1:05:30 PM PST by WellsFargo94
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To: banyanroot
Agree!

however the herds do have a natural propensity to fluctuate. Drilling has had no adverse effect, but nature has. Go figure! Nature doing it's job as it has for millions of years.

I also read that the Gwichin were financially benefitting by the environmentalists. Also, a friend of mine who flies in to work with the Gwichin people of Vinitie made a comment that they had voted to not participate in Native Affairs (not sure of all the details - but probably so that they didn't have to share in the wealth of the oil with Native Affairs - which turned out to be mute point) but that as a result of there not having made sound financial decisions for their future, the people where really suffering in areas of education, health care, etc.

37 posted on 02/25/2002 1:17:53 PM PST by WellsFargo94
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To: *Energy_list;*Enviralists
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38 posted on 03/07/2002 8:47:13 AM PST by banyanroot
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