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  • Patricia Cochran
    at the University of Alaska Anchorage Executive Director of the Alaska Community Development Corporation Local Government Program Director with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Director of Employment and Training for the North Pacific Rim Native Corporation Chugachmiut Ms Cochran currently serves as Treasurer and Past Chair of the American Indian Alaska Native Native Hawaiian Caucus of the American Public Health Association Science Advisor to the Arctic Research Commission Member of the Alaska Global Change Planning Team Past Member of the Office Advisory Committee for NSF Office of Polar Programs Program Chair for the Indigenous Program of the International Congress on Circumpolar Health former Treasurer and Governing Council Member of the International Union for Circumpolar Health Member of the National Native Science Education Advisory Council Member of the National Research Council Committee on Environmental Effects of Oil Gas Activities in the North Slope Alaska Board Member of the American Society for Circumpolar Health President of the Albrecht Milan Foundation Board Member for Native American Cancer Research Steering Committee Member of the Northern Research Forum Program Steering Committee Member of the Native American Cancer Research Partnership Advisory Panel Vice Chair for the North Pacific Research Board President of Spirit Days Incorporated

    Original URL path: http://www.nativescience.org/html/cochran.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Transboundary Contaminants
    the Indigirka and Pechora rivers Sedimentation processes play a critical role in depositing particles in estuaries deltas and Arctic coastal shelves These riverine pathways lead to local and regional dispersal of radionuclides some heavy metals and oil Ocean waters are a major storage reservoir and transport medium for water and soluble POPs Sea ice may be important in transporting POPs and other contaminants from coastal sediments during the winter and from deposition from the atmosphere with subsequent redistribution during ice melt Long distance marine transport of radionuclides from previous mid latitude releases resulted in accumulations in Arctic sediments Radionuclides from current releases from spent fuel storage and wastes dumped at sea tend to remain local although low active wastes dumped previously in the Arctic marine environment have been distributed more widely Back to Top How do these conclusions and pathways relate to our communities Arctic residents have many concerns about radionuclides and other types of contamination There are several reasons They are constantly reminded about the close proximity of the former Soviet Union and the potential for transboundary migration of radionuclides from this area They have seen scores of revelations about the former Soviet Unionís faulty operational and waste handling practices and about accidents in the Kara Barents and Laptev seas Moreover atmospheric transport times for radionuclides between the United States and the countries of the former Soviet Union can be very short According to the journal ìArctic Research of the United States î if the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident occurred only a few weeks earlier than it did before the seasonally stable Arctic haze air mass had dissipated dangerous level of radioactive contaminants would have been concentrated over Alaska and northern Canada During the era of atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons subsistence consumers of caribou were perhaps the most exposed individuals in the western hemisphere The most important ecological pathway for radionuclides in the Arctic is the lichen reindeer caribou human food chain After Chernobyl the cesium 137 in lichen peaked in 1986 87 at levels that are comparable to the peak in fallout from nuclear weapons tests While current data from Canada suggests that radionuclide contamination in the lichen caribou human food chain is not a problem in the Canadian north we do not have corresponding firsthand information for Alaska and other Arctic nations Arctic residents report observations of changes or abnormalities in wildlife for example lesions in fish and caribou livers population effects for different species and deformities etc And virtually everyone speaks of a deeply held concern over the diminished health of their people Kai Erikson author of ìA New Species of Trouble The Human Experience of Modern Disasters î underscores a fundamental yet little understood truth about the vast difference in how humans respond to natural disasters as opposed to environmental technical disasters Erikson found that people of all races are likely to work as a community to cope with life and property lost as a result of natural disasters Disasters involving toxic substances radionuclides

    Original URL path: http://www.nativescience.org/html/contaminants.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Alaska Native Science Commission
    Activities Economic Activities Traditional Activities Environment Home ANSC Origins Commissioners Goals Concerns Contact Us Native Knowledge Link Arctic Contaminants Traditional Knowledge Eco Tourism Current Projects Past Projects Research Ethics Cultural Respect Newsletters Presentations Related Links NSF Funded Projects Community Directory

    Original URL path: http://www.nativescience.org/research/experts/default.htm (2016-02-09)
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  • Research Entry Record
    1 Address 2 City State Zip Code Phone Number E mail Okay to Post E mail Co Principle Investigator Name Dr Ms Mr Mrs Miss First Last Address 1 Address 2 Institute Department City State Zip Code Phone Number E mail Okay to Post E mail Other Project Information Abstract Other Information Home ANSC Origins Commissioners Goals Concerns Contact Us Native Knowledge Link Arctic Contaminants Traditional Knowledge Eco Tourism Current

    Original URL path: http://www.nativescience.org/research/enter.asp (2016-02-09)
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  • Alaska Native Corporations
    Unit Bering Straits Native Corporation Kawerak Incorporated Norton Sound Health Corporation Bristol Bay Native Corporation Bristol Bay Native Association Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation Calista Corporation Association of Village Council Presidents Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chugach Alaska Corporation Chugachmiut ANTHC Cook Inlet Region Incorporation Cook Inlet Tribal Council Southcentral Foundation ANTHC Doyon Limited Fairbanks Native Association Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center Koniag Incorporation Kodiak Area Native Association ANTHC NANA Regional

    Original URL path: http://www.nativescience.org/html/NativeCorporations.htm (2016-02-09)
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