Subsistence – hunting, fishing and other Iñupiat cultural activities – is the highest priority when it comes to NANA land use. Subsistence activities are not just economic necessity in the region, they also bear strong cultural and social significance. Foods gathered from NANA lands sustain families nutritionally and spiritually; connecting people to each other, their ancestors and environment.
This connection is crucial and irreplaceable. As an Iñupiat corporation, NANA values subsistence as the highest and best use of the traditional lands. All development projects must be in concert with this perspective.
Whether we are working to protect the lands or analyzing ways to responsibly develop the subsurface resources, NANA consults with the villages, neighbors and governmental agencies to ensure we receive input from all of those affected. It is this spirit of consultation that we employed when developing Red Dog Mine, a project that has benefited the shareholders, the state and the nation for more than three decades. We are committed to consultation as a best practice and we will continue down this path as we move to secure our future by protecting and accessing our valuable resources.