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  • Nunamta Aulukestai - Home
    Murkowski s continued stance against the majority of Alaskans with respect to the Pebble Mine Sen Murkowski is a co sponsor of the Regulatory Fairness Act which would effectively halt the current Clean Water Act process designed to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine a mine opposed by over 60 of Alaskans The ad will run for a week in Anchorage as well as Fairbanks Juneau Wasilla Cordova Ketchikan Kodiak Nome and Bethel Time and again Senator Murkowski has said she understands our concerns about the Pebble Mine but she continues to side with foreign mining interests that are working to undermine common sense Clean Water Act protections said Kim Williams executive director of Nunamta Aulukestai Alaskans want leadership from our Senior Senator We hope Senator Murkowski will stand with a majority of Alaskans and support the Clean Water Act process that will protect our economy our salmon and our way of life From the ad Pebble Mine would put a three mile wide hole and 9 billion tons of waste right in the heart of Bristol Bay Even a small leak could kill the fish Devastate native tribes and wildlife And put thousands of Alaska jobs at risk

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  • About Us - Nunamta Aulukestai
    Land originally started as an outgrowth of the Nushagak Mulchanta Watershed Council with a mission to promote collaborative land use planning and management methods invented among the members of Nunamta Because of the traditional background of landowners much of the management prioritized the use of land to allow hunting and fishing Key management ideals also included finding ways to generate revenue with sustainable business practices that could benefit shareholders An example was Choggiung Limited s Nushagak River Land Use Program which brought revenue to the shareholders through commercial and camping land use permits When Pebble Mine came into the picture and it was realized that the project was not a mom and pop mining operation but potentially the largest open pit gold and copper mine of it s kind in the world it became evident that the mining plans did not fit with the criteria for the Nunamta members It was then decided that a branch of organization would need to be formed that dedicated efforts specifically to protect the common interests of the Bristol Bay tribes and corporations in which there was a balance between development and the protection of subsistence Present Nunamta Aulukestai was incorporated by 2007 as an independent 501 c 3 non profit with the mission to protect our land water and air that will sustain our way of life for all generations and has since focused efforts to educate the local people and public about the Pebble Project and the harmful effects it would have on the subsistence commercial and sport fishing economy in Bristol Bay Nunamta has also been paramount in collecting cultural information about hunting fishing and spiritual beliefs of the native people to submit as scientific data for baseline studies used in such studies as the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment that was conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency Their data has also been used in litigation against the State of Alaska including the Bristol Bay Area Plan lawsuit Nunamta now includes ten tribal corporations and ten tribal village governments who are the stakeholders Peoples of Bristol Bay are predominantly of Yup ik Alutiiq and Dena ina Athabaskan lineage all who have depended on and prioritized a subsistence way of life for 10 000 years This traditional value holds strong in the evolution of the native culture Although the corporate ideal is to maximize profits the traditional way of life values subsistence as something that makes one rich and development projects must be compatible with the way of life in the region Why Pebble is a Threat Pebble Mine would be located at the headwaters of the Bristol Bay Watershed spanning approximately 20 square miles Bristol Bay is home to the largest wild salmon run in the world and is the last of it s kind This mine would be one of the largest open pit mines in the world that would house a series of earthen dams responsible for storing billions of tons of toxic mining waste in perpetuity If an accident

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  • Culture - Nunamta Aulukestai
    the ocean have lived off the land for thousands of years Salmon is the lifeblood of the region but other wild foods also supplement the subsistence way of life such as berries a variety of plants moose caribou beluga whales walrus seals several water fowl species and geese and several fresh and salt water fish species Each season has a different subsistence food Today that value still holds strong Despite the modern technologies that have made life in the bush more convenient such as power motorized vehicles and guns subsistence is a very powerful economic factor and a key aspect for maintaining relationships within each community and ties villages together though food sharing More on Yup ik Culture Day in our bay Day in Our Bay was a film project sponsored by the Bristol Bay Native Corporation in 2012 to share the values of people who live in the Bristol Bay region It has won many awards and gives people not from the region a good look into the daily lives of our residents More about the film We Can t eat gold A documentary directed by Joshua Tucker about the subsistence lifestyle and the threat to a way of

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  • Education - Nunamta Aulukestai
    industry because of the large influx of capital that it has generated for the area Because of the lack of exposure to mining many people knew little to nothing about how mines of this scale operated and would impact everything from the land water air to people and animals that share these resources so Nunamta has made it a priority to educate people in the region Since incorporation in 2007

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  • Pebble Mine - Nunamta Aulukestai
    for their world class sport fishing but to locals these rivers serve as primary food suppliers for subsistence supplying most notably salmon but they also maintain the habitat for other plants and animals that are traditionally hunted and gathered throughout the year To the world this watershed represents a global food source rearing station that grows half of the world s wild salmon that hits the market through the Bristol Bay commercial fishery a 1 5 billion value The controversy behind the Pebble deposit relies heavily on the location The mine would destroy over 20 square miles of fish and wildlife habitat and will include a series of earthen dams that will be responsible for holding back 10 billion tons of toxic waste If it were to go into development the future of the Bristol Bay Watershed and all that it represents would be at the mercy of one of the largest open pit mines in the world a type of mine that has yet to function perfectly without major environmental disasters that degrade water quality and habitat Over 80 of local residents oppose the project because of the potential risk it poses to the 10 000 year old traditional

    Original URL path: http://www.nunamta.org/pebble-mine.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Salmon Ecology 101 - Nunamta Aulukestai
    Salmon Ecology 101 Copper Salmon Fish Passage Seismic Risk Block Caving Acid Mine Water Related Impacts Technical Background Salmon Escapement Mine tours Elder s Gathering Sacred Water Culture Camp Contact Us Nunamta Aulukestai PO Box 735 Dillingham AK 99576 907

    Original URL path: http://www.nunamta.org/salmon-ecology-101.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Copper & Salmon - Nunamta Aulukestai
    Salmon Ecology 101 Copper Salmon Fish Passage Seismic Risk Block Caving Acid Mine Water Related Impacts Technical Background Salmon Escapement Mine tours Elder s Gathering Sacred Water Culture Camp Contact Us Nunamta Aulukestai PO Box 735 Dillingham AK 99576 907

    Original URL path: http://www.nunamta.org/copper--salmon.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Fish Passage - Nunamta Aulukestai
    Salmon Ecology 101 Copper Salmon Fish Passage Seismic Risk Block Caving Acid Mine Water Related Impacts Technical Background Salmon Escapement Mine tours Elder s Gathering Sacred Water Culture Camp Contact Us Nunamta Aulukestai PO Box 735 Dillingham AK 99576 907

    Original URL path: http://www.nunamta.org/fish-passage.html (2016-02-09)
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