Sarah James

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Sarah James
Born1946 (age 72–73)
ResidenceArctic Village, Alaska
NationalityAmerican, native Gwich'in

Sarah Agnes James (born 1946) is a native Gwich'in from Arctic Village, Alaska, USA, and a board member of the International Indian Treaty Council. She was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2002,[1] together with Jonathon Solomon and Norma Kassi. They received the prize for their struggles for protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) from plans of oil exploration and drilling. Oil and gas exploration would disturb the life cycle of the Porcupine caribou, which has been a foundation for the Gwich'in culture for 20,000 years.[1]

Politics and lobbying[edit]

In the 1990s James visited communities in South American countries (Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala), speaking for the underprivileged. She also appeared on television programs (CNN, MacNeil-Lehrer, CBS). And she travelled to Washington, trying to clear up concepts that they believe petroleum companies misrepresent, and speaking for preservation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.[2]


  1. ^ a b Goldman Environmental Prize: "Sarah James" Archived 2007-12-04 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved on November 29, 2007)
  2. ^ Bert Gildart: "The power of one in a remote land" The Christian Science Monitor (Retrieved on December 30, 2007)