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Native organizations oppose Yakutat mine

YAKUTAT, ALASKA – The Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp and the National Congress of American Indians are seeking to block development of a strip and dredge placer mine near the fishing community of Yakutat, Alaska.

The NCAI, a national organization that fights to protect tribal nations’ treaty rights, and ANB, an Alaska Native civil rights organization with Native and non-Native members, have passed resolutions opposing mining in the Yakutat Forelands, a region between the Coastal Mountains and the Gulf of Alaska, where Geohedral LLC has staked more than 91 square miles of mining claims. In addition, the people in Yakutat, population 600, have collected more than 450 signatures from the region on petitions opposing any mine development in this area.

I would be interested in a 700 – 800 word story to be due Feb. 22. Contact: Ray Sensmeier, Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Council Member, (907) 784-3638 or Jennifer Hanlon, (907) 723-9922

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