By Libby Roderick
Making up greater than ten percentage of Alaska's inhabitants, local Alaskans are the state's biggest minority workforce. but such a lot non-Native Alaskans comprehend strangely little in regards to the histories and cultures in their indigenous acquaintances, or in regards to the very important concerns they face. This concise ebook compiles commonly asked questions and gives informative and obtainable responses that make clear a few universal misconceptions. With responses composed through students in the represented groups and reviewed through a panel of specialists, this easy-to-read compendium goals to facilitate a deeper exploration and richer dialogue of the advanced and compelling matters which are a part of Alaska local lifestyles at the present time. (20110301)
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We encourage readers to explore other perspectives on this important question as well. One Response: A Broad Perspective By Paul Ongtooguk Paul Ongtooguk, an Iñupiaq from Northwest Alaska, is an assistant professor of education at UAA. He is an educator who has also been involved in decision-making at the tribal (Kotzebue IRA) level. Do Alaska Native corporations support mining, logging, and drilling? As an Alaska Native, when I hear this question, my first response is to brace myself for a difficult conversation.
According to elders, human beings strive for information and knowledge, when what is needed even more is wisdom—the willingness to delve into our hearts and minds and put right what is askew in the human family. Environmental degradation, strife, and resource conflicts will not be solved unless these deeper issues are understood and addressed more profoundly. How is climate change affecting Alaska’s Native communities? As public policy-makers increasingly acknowledge, Alaska is at “ground zero” for the effects of climate change.
Some of the changes that we have seen in Huslia, Alaska. In my community, fire has become less predictable. It gets too hot and too dry in our area now. There is little we can do under these conditions to protect the community. Fires blew through the buffers we have built around the community. Native Elders said it burned less severely before. The plants are confused now. Flowers bloom when they shouldn’t. There is no permafrost. In September, when we used to have snow, it now rains. There are higher river levels as well that have led to more erosion.