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
"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.