The salmon vs. gold debate continues in Alaska Native territory. See also this article on Yakutat in Tlingit Country.
Bonner County Daily Bee
Alaska voters weighing in: salmon vs. gold
FILE – In this July 13, 2007 file photo, workers with the Pebble
Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near
the village of Iliamma, Alaska. The battle over a copper and gold
mine near one of the world’s premiere salmon fisheries is headed to
the ballot in a vote next week that has turned a normally sleepy
local election into a national environmental debate. (AP Photo/Al
The vote is the latest skirmish in the fight over a project that
supporters say could create up to 1,000 long-term jobs in
economically-depressed rural Alaska but that opponents fear could
fundamentally change the landscape and disrupt, if not destroy, a
way of life.
The mine would be directly above Iliamna Lake, the largest producer of sockeye salmon in the world.