Woman Making History #48: Sarah James

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sarah_james.jpgWoohoo! Another fantastic woman about whom I knew nothing previous to this project! This is what makes it all worthwhile.

Sarah James is an activist for indigenous rights and environmental issues in the Arctic. She has led the fight against drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge since 1988. She has also been a member of the International Indian Treaty Council since 1989, working to address human rights abuses against indigenous peoples.

James resides in Arctic Village, Alaska, the northernmost Native village in the U.S. She is a member of the Neetsaii Gwich'in tribe, a group of about 8,000 who base most of their traditional diet on caribou meat. These caribou would be among the native species threatened by drilling in ANWAR.

James speaks widely on issues of human rights, indigenous rights, and Arctic environmental protection. In 2004, she was honored as a finalist for the Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership.

Sources:
Save the Arctic
Ecotrust
Washington Post

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Adventure travel writer and photographer, Bert Gildart, has a series of photographs and stories about the Gwich'in and an article about Sarah James on his website: http://gildartphoto.com/gwichin.htm

You are right, she is an amazing woman.

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