Donlin Gold is not only located in the heartland of the Yup’ik people, our crew has at times been over 90% Alaska Native – so we are devoted to honoring and protecting Alaska Native culture, from subsistence rights to keeping traditions alive.
We not only publish most of our project-update materials in both English and Yup’ik, we also contribute to causes that are important to preserving Alaska’s inimitable Native culture.
If you are involved in an Alaska Native cultural group or organization and would like to request a donation or other support from Donlin Gold, we’d love to hear from you. Please click here.
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act mandates federal agencies undergo a review process for all federally funded and permitted projects that will impact sites listed on, or eligible for listing on, the National Register of Historic Places. Specifically, it requires the federal agency – in the case of Donlin Gold, it’s the U.S. Corps of Engineers – to “take into account” the effect a project may have on historic properties. It allows interested parties an opportunity to comment on the potential impact projects may have on significant archaeological or historic sites. The main purpose for the establishment of the Section 106 review process is to minimize potential harm and damage to historic properties.
For Donlin Gold, the Corps consulted with the State Historic Preservation Officer to assess any adverse effects on identified historic properties and then consult with participants to avoid, minimize or mitigate the adverse effects. One example is the proposed natural gas pipeline. As first proposed, it would have crossed the Iditarod National Historic Trail (which qualifies as a historic property) 14 times, and be collocated within the trail for 2.5 miles (PFEIS USACE 2017), which could have had an adverse effect on the trail. Donlin Gold has since proposed moving a section of the pipeline to avoid and minimize impacts to the trail. This new route results in four trail crossings and no overlap. The company continues to discuss additional mitigation to minimize adverse effects where the pipeline right-of-way and trail intersect with The Iditarod Trail Alliance and the Iditarod Race Route organization.
A recent Donlin Gold donation helped KYUK secure a federal grant to digitize and preserve what is believed to be the largest collection of Yup’ik video content in the world. The videos document the lifestyles, cultural traditions and languages of the Yup’ik and Cup’ik people who have lived along the west coast of Alaska for thousands of years. Once digitized, the videos will be searchable and available on-line.