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Tribes Support Bristol Bay


  • 09/06/2017 to 10/17/2017
  • You can find the template take action letter for tribal governments by clicking HERE!

    Calling all Tribal Leaders!

    As many of you are aware, our indigenous way of life in Bristol Bay area is once again under serious threat of the proposed Pebble Mine.  United Tribes of Bristol Bay is a tribal consortium of 14 tribal governments in the Bristol Bay region that have been fighting for over a decade to protect our Yup’ik, Dena’ina, and Aluutiq way of life from mines like Pebble. We represent over 80 percent of the actual population of Bristol Bay”s communities, and we are writing because we need your help. We ask you to stand with us in our fight to protect our communities, our cultures, and our future generations.

    With the support of Alaskans statewide, Bristol Bay’s tribes petitioned the EPA  to protect our watershed and way of life in 2010 from the Pebble Mine. We then supported EPA’s proposed protections during the 2014 Clean Water Act process under the Obama Administration- over 99 percent of the comments from the Bristol Bay region were in full support of EPA acting to protect Bristol Bay. However, last spring the current federal administration made a behind-closed-doors settlement with the Pebble Limited Partnership to roll-back the protections for Bristol Bay, and our way of life is once again at serious risk.

    This summer, at the height of the Bristol Bay record-breaking salmon season, the EPA began a formal process to withdraw the Clean Water Act protections for Bristol Bay and opened up a formal public-comment period to hear from Alaskans and the nation. The 90-day public comment period ends on October 17, 2017. It is vital to have the voices of  tribe’s be heard in this process. <strong>We write to respectfully request your tribal government stand with the people of Bristol Bay trying to protect our way of life and submit a letter to the EPA in opposition to their decision to withdraw protections for Bristol Bay.  </strong>We have included a draft template letter at the link above (please feel free to edit as you see fit). We hope your tribe will consider standing with our people in Bristol Bay as we continue this fight to protect everything we hold sacred.

    We hope you will stand in unity with our people in Bristol Bay to protect our way of life. Our unity strengthens our ability to together protect all of our indigenous ways of life for future generations- across our different tribes and peoples.

    Quyana for your consideration  and please don’t hesitate to contact our Executive Director Alannah Hurley at (907) 842-1687 or at ahurley@utbb.org  with any further questions, concerns, etc.

    Quyana/Chin’an/ Ana’basee/ Gunalchéesh/ Taikuu /Tsin’aen/ Háw’aa/Mahsii /Qagaasakung/ Igamsiqanaghhalek/ ’Awa’ahdah/ Dogedinh/ Baasee’/ Maasee’/ Tsin’e e,

    United Tribes of Bristol Bay