November 03, 2017

Arctic Native American Tribe: Environmental Regulations Make Them 'Conservation Refugees'

Rebel Staff

Leftwing activists are constantly talking about how oil development in the Arctic will destroy the environment as well as the lives of the native tribes who reside there. That's why it might come as a surprise to progressives that on Thursday, Kaktovik village tribal administrator Matthew Rexford went before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to ask them to allow oil development plans to go forward for the sake of his tribe's future. 

Rexford shot down the left's ideal plan of turning his tribal lands into a national park. 

“We do not approve of efforts to turn our homeland into one giant national park, which literally guarantees us a fate with no economy, no jobs, reduced subsistence and no hope for the future of our people,” Rexford said. “We are already being impacted by restrictions of access to the federal lands for subsistence purposes – this is really disturbing to us since we have lived here long before there ever was a refuge designated.”

“Attempts to permanently block development in the 1002 – an area intentionally not designated as wilderness because of its oil and gas potential – is a slap in the face to our region and its people,” Rexford said, referring to the land he resides on. “It’s exactly the same as saying, ‘it’s okay for everyone else in this country to have a thriving economy, but you can’t have one at all.'”

Leftists love to idealize native communities and see them as people who want their tribal lands to stay completely untouched. However, the reality is that members of the Native American community are living in the 21st century just like the rest of us are, and they want jobs and a thriving economy, just as most people do. As Rexford said, making his tribe's land a national park won't do the people who reside there any good, as that won't create nearly as many jobs as the oil industry can provide. 

Before progressives fight back against oil drilling for the sake of the communities they claim to champion, they might want to do some research on how individual tribes really feel about oil development. In order to survive in the modern world, the Native American community needs jobs far more than they need to virtue signal about saving the environment. If the left really cares about the future of these communities, they will allow oil drilling in the arctic to move forward.

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commented 2017-11-06 08:12:02 -0500
“Leftists love to idealize native communities and see them as people who want their tribal lands to stay completely untouched. " I’ve no idea who these “leftists” are. I’ve been working in indigenous peoples’ rights for 45 years and have never come across anyone (leftist or not) who wants “tribal lands to stay completely untouched”.
commented 2017-11-05 17:07:16 -0500
There are many local native reservations that make millions on oil work – they are suppressed by the media and the “anti” groups are promoted.

Time for them to get active – and if required use whatever means required to toss the lefty folks.

If that means trashing their camps when they show up then do it.
commented 2017-11-03 21:51:23 -0400
Yesterday the Premier of MacLeod for the NWT was on CBC saying the same thing. It’s nice to hear push back from those they don’t dare disparage.

Lloyd makes a good suggestion Ezra, and add Premier MacLeod while you’re at it. Actually, they’re only in town a couple days, so you’ll have to hop on it if you want them in the studio.
commented 2017-11-03 19:33:52 -0400
It is time for these Chief’s who have their heads screwed on straight, to get together and be supported and given platforms to speak out against this ongoing racism against First Nations in Canada. It is in the government’s best interest to keep these people from participating in the full potential of the Canadian economy, so they and foreign powers can continue to use them as pawns. Instead of lifting First Nations up, the Government is pushing the rest of us down so we can all wallow in poverty together. There is no need for this. It is obviously agenda driven and it is wrong. It’s communism and it must be stopped. If the globalists have their way we will all be crammed into the cities and the entire country will be ‘parkland’, until such time as the resource is needed in other countries.
Lloyd, great idea.
commented 2017-11-03 17:25:55 -0400
The left does not give a damn about the people there, they are just used for rhetoric.
commented 2017-11-03 16:52:28 -0400
commented 2017-11-03 16:13:50 -0400
Not only the North but all across Canada , we could use 1000 Maxwell Rexfords and his common sense thinking.
commented 2017-11-03 15:38:23 -0400
“However, the reality is that members of the Native American community are living in the 21st century just like the rest of us are, and they want jobs and a thriving economy…”

I think you need the word “some” in there – right between that and members.
commented 2017-11-03 14:01:25 -0400
It is racist to deprive first Nations of the jobs they have a right to, just because virtue signalling elites think it would be better to designate their lands as a park. This is what happens when foreign global powers with agenda( that has little to do with the employment of Canadians) make decisions for your country. Just another example of our government selling Canada out, for a promised a seat in elite heaven. Trudeau for treason.
commented 2017-11-03 13:46:57 -0400
… Understandable that lawyers would want to label them “refugees”.
… They know that Trudeau will give them more.
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