Bernadette Demientieff, who is listed as the executive director of the steering committee representing the Gwich’in Alaskan Indian tribe, claimed nobility Sunday in the tribe’s allyship with progressive radicals to trample on the rights of rivals.
The most vocal indigenous group to oppose oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) that is located 400 miles north of its own reserve, the Gwich’in have paired with left-wing environmentalist groups to keep the 1.6 million-acre stretch of the state’s north slope free of drilling. Last month, however, The Federalist exposed the group’s hypocrisy for seeking to lease every inch of its Venetie Indian Reservation for drilling just before it began to lobby against oil and gas exploration across the state. The Gwich’in began objecting to Alaskan drilling after their reservation lands came up short in lucrative reserves.
On Sunday, Demientieff complained that those charging the tribe of exploiting leftist politics to deter rival tribes from drilling on