Tribal Nations Protest Republican Plan To Drill In Arctic Refuge

"This means everything to me. And it means everything to my people,” said one demonstrator.

WASHINGTON — The Arctic coastal plain of northeastern Alaska serves as a  summer safe haven for the porcupine caribou herd. It is here that cows come to give birth, and it is where the herd forages and escapes predators. For thousands of years, the Gwich’in people, an indigenous tribe of northern Alaska and Canada, have relied on the caribou as a primary food source. But even when Gwich’in were facing starvation, they kept out of the herd’s calving grounds, tribal member Bernadette Demientief...