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KRBD: Tribes in Alaska and First Nations team up for mining fight





Tribes in Alaska and First Nations in British Columbia are working together to address mining issues on both sides of the border:
“Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian people who live in Alaska all have tribes, clans and relatives on the other side,” says Richard Peterson, president of Southeast’s Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

He says over the years, many of those connections have been lost.

Now, he says, they’re coming back.

“I’m really excited that we could remove these invisible barriers, this invisible line that they call the border, that somehow successfully separates us so well. We’re doing away with that line,” he says.

Peterson spoke at a recent program in Juneau about traditional life and changes coming to parts of northwestern British Columbia.

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Tribes cross borders to take on Canadian mines (KRBD 5/19)