Alaska Natives: Our fight to survive

Alaska natives: Our fight to survive

Alaska is usually in the news for one of two reasons: its oil industry or climate change, or sometimes both.

While the effects of climate change - permafrost melting and villages along the coastline eroding away - are real, for Alaska, whose economy has thrived on oil for the past 50 years, simply stopping the drilling for oil is out of the question.

But for many Alaska Natives, the indigenous people of Alaska who encompass 227 different tribes and speak 20 distinct languages, living off the land is still a way of life.

"Alaska Natives are hit first and hit hardest by global warming and climate change," says Faith Gemmill, who is an Alaska Native Neetsai Gwich'in, and the executive director of environmental group Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL).