And when Congress finally approved the measure, Murkowski, Sweeney -- and Rexford too -- celebrated with President Donald Trump at the White House. A photo appeared on the cover of the 2017 fourth quarter issue of Uqalugaaŋich, ASRC's newsletter, to memorialize the occasion. “The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the last great expanses of untouched wilderness areas in America, but the Trump administration is attempting to launch an all-out drilling spree, with no regards for the climate impacts or the effect on the Gwich’in people, who have lived off the land for generations," said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California), the sponsor of H.R.1146. With Sweeney out of the picture on matters impacting her corporation, she isn't likely to appear at next week's hearing on the bill. Since she joined the Trump administration last summer, she has yet to testify before Congress, but that will finally change when she's expected to testify before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on April 10, almost a year after her confirmation hearing for the post.
fourth quarter issue of Uqalugaaŋich.
H.R.1146 boasts more than 110 co-sponsors, including Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico), who is one of the first two Native women in Congress. During her historic campaign, she adamantly opposed drilling in the Arctic refuge, calling instead on the federal government to encourage renewable energy development -- instead of resource extraction -- in Native communities. Haaland has continued that push in the 116th Congress. As the first Native person to serve as vice chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, she is using her leadership position to counteract the Trump administration's pro-energy agenda. "Right now, the EPA and the Interior Department are run by former lobbyists for coal and oil companies," Haaland said at a hearing on climate change last month in reference to Administrator Andrew Wheeler of the Environmental Protection Agency and David Bernhardt, the "acting" Secretary of the Interior. The hearing on H.R.1146 will take place before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, which is part of Haaland's committee, on March 26. A witness list hasn't been posted online yet.
House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources NoticeThe Need to Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain (March 26, 2019) Note: Thumbnail image from Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee, a film co-directed by Dr. Len Necefer that premiered online this week. Necefer, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is the founder and owner of NativesOutdoors.
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