United Tribes of Bristol Bay Support Nondalton Tribal Council’s Opposition to Groundhog Mountain Project


  February 3, 2015
Contact: Alannah Hurley, Executive Director, United Tribes of Bristol Bay (907)843-1633
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dillingham, AK – The United Tribes of Bristol Bay released the following statement of support of the Nondalton Tribal Council who released a statement today addressing the Kijik Corporation’s announcement regarding a proposed joint venture with Alaska Earth Sciences to advance the Groundhog Project in Southwest Alaska. Nondalton is a member government of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay and is the closest community to the proposed Groundhog and Pebble mining projects.“The United Tribes of Bristol Bay fully supports the Nondalton Tribal Council’s opposition to the Groundhog Mountain project advanced by the Kijik Corporation and Alaska Earth Sciences,” said UTBB President Robert Heyano. “Over the last decade our Tribes have fought tirelessly to protect the Bristol Bay watershed from this exact type of destructive hard-rock mining in order to protect our lands, waters, and cultures. We stand with the Nondalton Tribal Council to put a stop to this proposed mining district we are facing, with Groundhog being just one of over 17 large-scale mining proposals in the region. We will continue to seek protections for our communities as we face continued threats to our salmon and way of life from destructive mining projects like Groundhog.”