Here’s a great analysis and explanation from Aandeiyeen on why we oppose mining in the Yakutat forelands:
Abundant with wildlife and salmon spawning rivers and streams, the Forelands is the heart of our community. We opposed mining in the Forelands because of the adverse effects mining could have on the salmon habitat in the area. Mining would erode our community’s sovereignty and cultural identity by destroying our traditional resources. The benefits simply do not outweigh the risks.
The reasons are cultural, economic, spiritual and philosophical.