A quest for Alaska oil sparks a fight over tribal sovereignty

An energy company with a history of environmental violations is conducting exploratory drilling in the Yukon Flats.

The Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their natural diversity including nesting waterfowl, other migratory birds, dall sheep, bears, moose, wolves, wolverines, other furbearers, caribou, and salmon; to fulfill international treaty obligations; to provide for continued subsistence uses; and to ensure necessary water quality and quantity. Steve Hillebrand / USFWS

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