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Clinton Will Not Declare Alaska ANWR a National Monument

HeadlineJan 11, 2001

President Clinton will not declare the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska a national monument. Using the authority of the 1906 Antiquities Act, Clinton has created a dozen federal monuments this year by executive order, but the White House says Clinton won’t do the same thing for the Alaska land, because the officials claim it is already protected from development by law. The Arctic refuge has an abundance of migrating birds, polar bears, musk oxen, grizzly bears and other wildlife. It is also home to a herd of caribou, which comprises 80 percent of the diet of the Neets’aii Gwich’in tribe. President-elect Bush has advocated drilling in the reserve as a way to increase energy supplies.

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