Comments: The Inupiat Story CNN Missed

If you want something else to get your dander up, look further in the article. Note that modern influence in creeping into the area in the form of commodities brought in by plane. I hate to tell you this but that is a government action. I can assure you that the people in that area are not paying the full price for the various items in the store and the cost of transportaion. You the tax payor are picking up that little item. This is true in almost all Indian reservations. How do I know, I have purchased items from those stores and they sell at about 10 cents on the dollar.

Posted by David at December 3, 2009 01:11 PM

gee - might we not be looking at what we will become as the government takes more iron fisted control of our lives. Obamacare, cap & tax, Government motors, nationalized banks, presidents firing CEO's, and on and on and on..........

Posted by slimedog at December 3, 2009 09:46 PM

"Shishmaref's people were nomadic, following seals and caribou, until the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs built a school on the island in the early 1900s and forced Inupiat children to attend. Some residents still resent that school; they say it punished those who spoke Inupiaq and stifled other aspects of the Native culture..."


"Morris says the changes in Shishmaref -- the melting sea ice, the disappearing seals and polar bears, the crumbling coastline -- are beyond the village's control..."

"...We've got to move. There's no question about it," he said. "That seawall will stop erosion on this end, but the water will go around it. My ancestors said it will happen. It will happen."

They started moving there in the early 1900s. Heaven knows how long it took for the tribe to settle there. Maybe his ancestors were talking about the nomadic way of life they used to lead.

The estimated cost to relocate one village - $200.00 million.

Posted by davod at December 6, 2009 06:56 AM