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In Alaska, humans have relied on the caribou and salmon that migrate across their vast plains and oceans for centuries. Those lands, creatures and food sources are now at risk. President Trump is trying to open up Alaska’s oil and gas rich lands to drilling. This even includes the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the largest national wildlife refuge in the country. The Inupiaq tribe lives in the coastal region of the refuge and now faces that their land may again be in jeopardy. One resident, Charles Lampe, said it’s like “putting chains on our hands and our legs and telling us we don’t care what you think—this is how it’s got to be.” Not only would the extraction of fossil fuels contribute to climate change, but also will surely affect those living in these lush natural landscapes. To see CNN’s interactive report on this, click the link in our bio. Comment below if you think the Inupiaq people should have autonomy over their land.