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Twenty Alaska Groups Pass Resolutions in Favor of Red Dog Mine Permits

Anchorage, Alaska – March 23, 2010 - Twenty (20) Alaska groups have passed resolutions or submitted petitions in support of allowing new permits for the Red Dog Mine to become final.  Several more Northwest Arctic Borough and statewide tribal associations and organizations have passed resolutions in defense of permitting the mine’s Aqqaluk deposit, adding to the initial six (6) that were announced on Feb. 12, 2010.  The list now includes the following organizations:

•    Northwest Arctic Borough (NWAB) 
•    Maniilaq Association
•    Northwest Arctic Borough School District (NWABSD)
•    ANCSA  Regional Association
•    Traditional Village Council of Kiana 
•    Native Community of  Noorvik 
•    Deering IRA Council
•    Noorvik City Council
•    Native Village of Kotzebue
•    Native Village and City of Shungnak
•    Native Village of Kobuk
•    Native Village of Ambler
•    City of Kotzebue
•    Northwest Inupiat Housing Authority
•    Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corporation  
•    Native Village of Selawik
•    Alaska Peninsula Corporation
•    Native Village of Buckland Resource Development Council
•    A petition signed by more then 200 Red Dog Shareholder/Employees
“There is a groundswell of support for the mine in our region and throughout Alaska regarding this appeal,” said Rosie Barr, NANA resources manager.  “Many individuals and organizations understand the important economic, social and cultural benefits Red Dog brings to our villages and the state. They understand we are developing Red Dog in a way that is consistent with our Inupiaq values. We’re grateful so many groups have stepped forward in support of the mine.” 
The mine, located in Northwest Alaska, is situated on land owned by NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA). It is operated by Teck Alaska.  Two environmental law firms, on behalf of two environmental organizations, the IRA Councils for two villages and five individuals filed an appeal of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for Red Dog Mine located in Northwest Alaska. The permit is needed to develop the Aqqaluk Deposit. 
NANA and Teck have both publicly stated that any delay in development of the Aqqaluk Deposit extending beyond the May of 2010 could result in a reduction or interruption of Red Dog production in October 2010.

NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) is one of the 13 Regional Alaska Native (ANC) corporations created pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). NANA’s mission is to provide economic opportunities for its more than 12,000 Iñupiat shareholders and to protect and enhance NANA lands. Join the hunt at