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  •  How much do the Natives really get (1+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball

    from oil?  I thought most of the oil workers came in from out of town, worked, and then left.  Plus, the oil drilling areas in North Slope Borough are hundreds of miles from Barrow.

    VA-03 (current residence) NC-07 (home)

    by psychicpanda on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:23:11 PM PST

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    •  Every citizen from Alaska gets a check every year. (7+ / 0-)

      Out in the villages it's a very significant part of a low income family's yearly income.

      "It's too LATE to stop now!" - John Lee Hooker

      by Rolfyboy6 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:42:02 PM PST

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    •  Quite a bit (3+ / 0-)
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      Senor Unoball, MichaelNY, ban nock

      The North Slope Borough and the Native Corporations control a lot of the oil royalties on the North Slope. And when I was up there (mid 90s) they actually provided a lot of services to the Native community. The covered utilities for people who declared themselves to be subsistence hunters. And when my friend had to go to the hospital, they were surprised when she offered them her insurance card. They accepted it, took a look and handed it back without taking any information down. (And bear in mind that the town was only half Native.)

    •  Depends what you mean (2+ / 0-)
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      jennybravo, MichaelNY
      How much do the Natives really get from oil?
      All Alaskans, Natives and others, are eligible to get a yearly check from the Permanent Fund Dividend, which is essentially interest and investment income raised from oil revenues.

      The very socialistic state of Alaska wisely decided, when its constitution was written, that the resources of the state belong to all the people of the state. So all residents share equally in the oil wealth.

      Otherwise, to answer. Alaska Natives (Eskimo and Indian) who are members of the North Slope Native Corporation (as I think it's called), receive dividends earned by the corporation. In addition, many of the Native Corporations have business units dedicated to finding work for their members. Those from the North Slope have contracts in the oil fields to provide jobs in Prudhoe.

      This has created some conflict in the Native communities. For example, the people of Point Hope are more dependent on whales and walrus than are the people of Barrow, so the residents of Point Hope have been more strongly against oil drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, while there is more support for drilling in Barrow.

      Please proceed, governor

      by Senor Unoball on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:01:16 AM PST

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