As with the Rebirth of the Nation in 1988, Gwich'in today are again threatened, and proclaim, 'No Oil. No Compromise.'
Article by Brenda Norrell
The Last Oil
ALBUQUERQUE -- Sarah James, Gwich'in, today is carrying forward the message of the Chiefs, "No Oil. No Compromise," and remembering the humble way of life of the Gwich'in.
Arriving in Albuquerque for The Last Oil symposium, Sarah comes from the Sacred Place Where Life Begins.
It is the Gwich'in homeland, the land of caribou, home to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Speaking at today's symposium, Sarah shared how her family hunted the caribou, and took only what they needed, using all parts of the caribou.
"I grew up on needs, not on greed," said Sarah, winner of the Goldman Environmental Award, who was inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame.