INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY = Helen John, 17, was sitting quietly with two of her friends in a dimly lit conference room. The panel was about Thacker Pass and the movement to stop lithium mining in the area. During nearly the entire panel the group of students sat silently listening to how cultural sites and eagles would be deeply impacted by this development. Near the end John, Tlingit, shared with the youth trying to protect Thacker Pass how another industry is similarly impacting her community in Yakutat, Alaska. Every winter and summer, she goes back to her village to forage, fish and hunt.
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