Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Prologue

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pp. ix-x

On January 25, 2015, the White House released to the press a one-minute video, shot on board Air Force One, in which President Obama announced that the Department of the Interior had developed a new fifteen-year management plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The plan, he said, calls for managing...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

Alaska is a vast and beautiful land. With its rugged, majestic mountains tracked by Dall sheep and brown bears; its untamed rivers coursing through great valleys populated by caribou and moose; and its magnificent forests with old-growth stands 500 years old dominating coastal waters teeming with salmon...

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1. Antistatism in Alaska

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pp. 11-37

In her reaction to President Obama’s call in spring 2015 for Congress to designate the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a wilderness area, Alaska’s senator Lisa Murkowski charged that the president’s action constituted an assault on Alaska’s sovereignty. The senator’s assertion is representative...

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2. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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pp. 38-58

The Klondike and subsequent Alaska gold rushes brought the first major increase in official population figures, from 5,000 non-Natives in 1890 to 30,000 in 1900, with about the same number of Natives. The population of both groups would stay about the same until the outbreak of World War II. Thirty thousand immigrant...

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3. Native Claims and Alaska Statehood

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pp. 59-82

While the advocates and opponents of the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Range directed their focus and energies toward that seminal challenge, at the same time other Alaskans were deeply engaged in the epic campaign for Alaska statehood. Like most of the figures involved...

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4. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline

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pp. 83-107

Soon after his inauguration as governor in December 1966, Walter Hickel approved the sale of oil exploration leases in the area on the North Slope that the Egan administration had selected for state ownership between the Arctic National Wildlife Range and Petroleum Reserve No. 4, about 2 million acres of land. As was characteristic...

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5. The Alaska Lands Act

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pp. 108-135

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 seemed a dramatic, unparalleled achievement for Alaska’s people, Native and non-Native. While empowering Alaska Natives, at the same time it appeared to remove what had often seemed an insurmountable obstacle to construction of an Alaska oil pipeline that would facilitate...

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6. Unfinished Business: Subsistence and the Tongass

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pp. 136-159

The ardent, populist cadre who staffed the Alaska Coalition in the 1970s was motivated by an abstract conception of wilderness. From their wilderness experiences, most imagined pristine, unpeopled landscapes unmanipulated by human intervention. The numerous compromises necessary to carry...

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7. Antistatism Persistent

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pp. 160-182

The preceding chapters have sought to explain Alaska’s exaggerated antistatism and to show how it is directed at federal environmental legislation and regulation. The most unique component of resistance to federal power in the state is a deeply held conviction that Congress and the executive-branch agencies operating in the state have violated...

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Conclusion

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pp. 183-194

Alaska is the most antistatist of the American states. A fierce strain of antistatism runs throughout the American west, but in Alaska it becomes virulent. It is manifest in a reflexive resistance to virtually any exercise of federal power in transportation, communication, education, health, and safety but most particularly...

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Epilogue

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pp. 195-198

The majority leader in the House of Representatives of the Twenty-Ninth Alaska Legislature introduced the following bill on February 18, 2015...

Notes

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pp. 199-226

Bibliography

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pp. 227-242

Index

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pp. 243-262

Back Cover

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