• AngelSpan

    Weren’t these cultures originally nomadic? Aren’t we just witnessing another inflection point where their cultural heritage dictates they follow the food source? Wouldn’t cultural anthropologists suggest this is the healthier ‘next step’ rather than a welfare-esque support system?

  • david boyle

    Is the author aware that most of the indigenous peoples of Alaska were nomads and followed the food? Now they have settled into permanent villages and expect the taxpayers of the US to pay for them to relocate. This has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with government entitlements. Are you willing to pay an estimated $1 Million to move each of the dilapidated housed in Newtok, AK to a location about 11/2 miles away? Then pay them to move in another 10 years? Have at it.

  • david boyle

    Face it, there is little to no economy in many of these villages. In the Lower 48 we would call them ghost towns. People left those Lower 48 towns to survive and feed their families and to find work. BTW, many of those who live in rural Alaska come to Anchorage and shop at Costco/Sam’s and ship their purchases to the Bush. It is expensive but they have made a choice to live there. We did not subsidize people in the Lower 48 to live in ghost towns. Is Alaska any different?