Quannah Chasinghorse is an 18-year-old Han Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota youth who, with her mother, Jody Potts, advocates to protect their homeland in Alaska from oil drilling. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to the Gwich’in people, is facing a risk due to the decision by the Trump administration to open its coastal plain to oil and gas development. Gwich’in women, including Quannah, are leading the movement to protect the refuge and are working with the Gwich’in Steering Committee. Quannah has been raised in the movement and has learned from the women in her life to fight for the rights of her people and the land. Quannah has traveled coast to coast advocating for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and has joined the Youth Council to speak with senators on Capitol Hill.
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