Tuesday, September 20, 2005

'Alaska Natives Offer a Herd Of Reasons to Block Oil Drilling' article (Environmental News)

Here's another good article on the Washington Post. The Gwich'in Nation (a Native American people) is advocating near the National Museum of the American Indian to stop drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Their Nation of 8,000 people are dependent on the caribou that live there. The article made me a little sad, especially since the author, Vanessa de la Torre, emphasized that on some days few people stopped by to listen to the Gwich'in representatives (ironically even those that visit the museum).

As I was reading this article this morning, a Tori Amos (who is part Native American, by the way) song called 'Wampum Prayer' kept whispering in my mind.

In our hand
an old old
old thread

Trail of Blood
and Amens

Greed is the
gift for the
sons of the

Hear this prayer
of the

This is the tie
that will
bind us

I think that pretty much sums it up.

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