Alannah Hurley, United Tribes of Bristol Bay (907) 843-1633
Keith Jensen, Pedro Bay Village Council (907) 850-2225
Pedro Bay joins United Tribes of Bristol Bay to protect indigenous way of life
PEDRO BAY, AK – Pedro Bay Village Council made a historic move to protect Bristol Bay as it voted to join the United Tribes of Bristol Bay this fall amidst the heightened threat of development of the Pebble deposit. The Tribe, located on the north-eastern end of Lake Illiamna, joins fourteen other Bristol Bay Tribes, representing over 80 percent of the Bristol Bay region’s population, working in unity to protect the indigenous way of life in Bristol Bay from the toxic Pebble Project.
“Pedro Bay has opposed Pebble Mine for years, and is thrilled to become a member of United Tribes of Bristol Bay to help protect our people,” said Pedro Bay Village Council President Keith Jensen. “Our tribal members rely on the pristine lands and waters of Lake Iliamna and we are dedicated to ensuring it is protected for our community and future generations. By working in unity with other Tribes in the region, our voice is amplified and strengthened.”
Pedro Bay’s decision is the latest in the ever growing opposition to Pebble Mine. This fall, a record number of Bristol Bay residents and Alaskans turned out in droves to oppose a move by the EPA leadership to withdraw protections for the Bristol Bay watershed. And, just last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference, UTBB and the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission formalized an agreement to collaborate in fighting toxic mega-mining projects that threaten indigenous ways of life in both regions of Alaska.
“United Tribes of Bristol Bay is celebrating Pedro Bay Village Council joining this critical fight to protect Bristol Bay from mines like Pebble,” said UTBB President Robert Heyano. “While Pebble is pretending to rebrand their toxic project and attempting to fool Alaskans, the opposition to their project is only growing and getting stronger. It is clear the people of Bristol Bay are not going to back down to this project and will do whatever it takes to protect our home.”
United Tribes of Bristol Bay (UTBB) is a tribal consortium representing 15 Bristol Bay tribal governments (that represent over 80 percent of the region’s total population) working to protect the Yup’ik, Denai’na, and Alutiiq way of life in Bristol Bay.