In an opinion published in the Independent Record, the Rt. Rev. Carol Joy Walkingstick Gallagher, Bishop for Native American Ministries and the Assistant Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Montana writes that Congress must act to protect the Gwich’in people’s ancestral lands.
For tens of thousands of years, the Gwich’in people of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have observed their own sacred springtime ritual. Each spring, the Porcupine caribou migrate to Coastal Plains region of the Arctic Refuge to give birth to their calves. The Gwich’in give thanks for this returning herd on which they rely – both for sustenance and for their cultural and spiritual wellbeing.