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Hunger Knows No Laws: Alaskan Native Perspectives on Climate Change
Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 4:00pm

Where: Cramer Hall, Room 41

Dr. Cameron M. Smith will present,

"Hunger Knows No Laws: Alaskan Native Perspectives on Climate Change, Sea Ice Retreat, and the Polar Bear"

The Inupiat, native people of Alaska's North Slope, have a 3,000-year record of successful adaptation to one of the earth's most inhospitable environments. Many remain active subsistence hunters, dependent on the health of the Arctic ecosystem which their ancestors painstakingly shaped and cared for. Today, that ecosystem is
threatened by increasing oil and gas exploration and changes in the sea ice related to global warming. The Inupiat solutions to these problems are proactive, innovative and very different from those proposed by the federal government. I discuss these problems, the federal and Inupiat solutions to them, and play some video clips of Inupiat people explaining their position.

Dr. Cameron M. Smith is an adjunct assistant professor in Portland State University's Anthropology Department.

Event is Free and Open to the Public

For questions, contact Virginia Butler, 5-3303 or Michael Schurke,