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The vast wetlands surrounding Teshekpuk Lake, and even the lake itself, have been important to the Native Inupiat people of Alaska’s North Slope for thousands of years.

The Teshekpuk Lake area is important for subsistence hunting and fishing to residents of several North Slope Native villages, including Barrow and Nuiqsut. Numerous sites considered sacred to the Inupiat people are within the boundaries of the Reserve. Oil and gas development could do serious damage to the populations of wildlife which are important to Alaska Natives and their traditional ways of life.

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