Indian Country getting ready for Global Warming, Peak Oil

Actually former Ralph Nader/Green Party running mate Winona LaDuke reports GW is ALREADY impacting many Reservations, being rural and poorer than most of the U.S.

I guess I have to add that yes, “they’re gathering firewood like crazy” — nothing like Winter in September!  😉

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See Greenland!

Aka, Kalaalit Nunaat.  This tourism etc. site is very user friendly, with downright seductive photos!  Next plane to Reykjavik!!!

They say after WW2 the people wanted to “modernize,” and so traditional Inuit ways are disappearing.  I have mixed feelings about that as someone looking into my own Indigenous heritage/s.  Recently I saw a documentary, mostly about Inuit in Nunavut Territory, Canada, but one who often trekked more than a thousand miles over ice to NW Greenland in Spring had to fly one recent year because the ice wasn’t there or thick enough.  And subsistence whaling and sealing there was said to be becoming alot harder because they relied on the ice traditionally, just like the polar bears we hear so much about now, with Global Warming.

Indigenous issues aren’t all cut and dried, so to speak….

Arctic Indigenous in U.S., Russia, protest Alaska offshore oil prospect

Western diet causes Alaska Native cancer

They say Indigenous Alaskans have some of the highest cancer death rates in the country.  Which is why that state’s Native health consortium is trying to get Natives – and non-Indigenous too – to take another look at The Great Land’s traditional Subsistence diet.  After all, it worked for thousands of years!

Indigenous and other Alaskans have been fighting over Native and others’ Subsistence rights and resources – rural hunting, trapping, fishing, gathering, etc. – versus recreational and commercial taking – for a couple generations now.  Natives often argue that it’s necessary not just for food or low-level trade, but culture and spirituality.  Well, now it may be a matter of life-or-death for them.

I wonder if this also applies to Native Subsistence rights conflicts in the Lower 48 – the Indian health and cancer concerns I mean?  For years there have been conflicts in Washington State and the upper Midwest, even death threats against Indians.