On August 24th, the Gwich’in Steering Committee and allied groups sued Trump’s Secretary of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management over a leasing program that will sell sacred and public lands to oil companies.
The Trump administration’s decision to sell off the entire coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, known as the Sacred Place Where Life Begins to the Gwich’in, is a violation of Indigenous sovereignty and human rights, and will have huge ramifications for the environment and climate.
The suit, which was filed by Trustees for Alaska, charges the administration with violating the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Wilderness Act, and the Endangered Species Act. Trustees is representing thirteen groups in the suit: the Gwich’in Steering Committee, Alaska Wilderness League, Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society-Yukon Chapter, Defenders of Wildlife, Environment America, Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, National Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Refuge Association, Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, and Wilderness Watch.
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