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Secretary Salazar Tours Alaska, Meets with North Slope Stakeholders


September 3, 2010


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In the first week of September, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Deputy Secretary David Hayes traveled to the North Slope of Alaska

to hear first hand from the people most affected by energy policy and climate change.

The Secretary’s packed schedule included a town hall meeting in Barrow with North Slope leaders and stakeholders,

including theMayor of the North Slope Borough, leaders of the Native Village of Barrow, Inupiat Community leaders,

and representatives from the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission

Secretary Salazar
"turning a new page so we have a new relationship with Alaska Natives and Native Americans,

and on all those fronts we have spent a good deal of time in the first 18 months of this administration

trying to address those issues."

In a tour of Barrow afterward, Secretary Salazar experienced Native Alaskan culture.

In a short three day visit covering the state from Anchorage to the North Slope,

Secretary Salazar brought a message from the White House

that those who live on the land will be heard in guiding our nation’s decisions in the Arctic.