12/20/2005

URGENT ACTION: Support needed for Gwich'in Nation and the Arctic Refuge!

Save the Arctic Refuge! Support the Gwich'in Nation!

The fight to save the Arctic isn't over yet. The Senate is expected
to vote TODAY! - Wednesday on the Defense Bill. We can still win the
battle to save America's greatest wildlife sanctuary.

Urgent! TODAY! Tell Your Senators to Oppose the Addition of an
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Provision to the Defense Bill!

Last-Minute Provision Would Open the Arctic Refuge to Drilling

This past Sunday, Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) succeeded in getting
the GOP to add a last minute provision to the Defense Appropriations
Bill that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)
to drilling. They attached a provision allowing oil drilling in the
Arctic Refuge to an unrelated bill to fund the military and
hurricane recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. On Monday morning
the House passed this version of the bill, 308-106, and the bill is
now moving to the Senate.

Arizona Senator John McCain, a decorated war hero, has called this
move "disgusting."

Most people in DC are saying this Senate vote will take place TODAY!

There will probably be two types of votes: Procedural votes (on
whether the Arctic provision violates Senate rules -- 51 needed) and
a vote on Cloture (ending debate -- 60 needed). Both types of votes
are extremely important and more likely would happen today –
Wednesday!

Call your Senators IMMEDIATELY! The Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-
3121.

Just tell the operator what State you're from. You will need to
call twice to reach both senators. Here's a sample message you can
leave:

"Hello, my name is _____ and I live in _______. I urge you to
protect the Arctic Refuge by voting to block the Defense Department
Appropriations bill until the provision allowing drilling in the
Arctic is removed. How do you plan to vote?"

URGE your Senator do everything in their power to remove Arctic
drilling provisions from the Defense Authorization Bill so it can be
passed! Tell them to vote against Cloture and vote in support of any
procedural motion that would send the bill back to conference to
remove the ANWR language.

Americans and sovereign Indian Nations must stand together to
protect the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. The future of the Gwich'in
Nation and the concerned Inupiat from Katovik Village depends on
your support.

For more information about the Gwich'in and the Arctic Refuge
see:
http://www.gwichinsteeringcommittee.org/index.html