Credit: Brian Adams
Enoch L. Mitchell
“We are getting ready to go check out the proposed Red Dog haul road for our village’s fuel (a winter road route between the Red Dog haul road and Noatak, Alaska). It’s about a three-to-four-hour trip (on snow machine) to get to the haul road from here [Noatak, Alaska]. I am taking out the National Park Service; I am their local expert. I have hunted in this area all my life. It’s pretty rough out there.”
—Enoch L. Mitchell is Iñupiaq and lives in Noatak, Alaska. The Red Dog mine is a zinc and lead mine located in the Northwest Arctic Borough of Alaska. The 52-mile Red Dog Mine road connects the mine to its port 17 miles south of Kivalina, Alaska, which is a nearby village from Noatak, Alaska.