The Gwich’in Steering Committee Applauds Oil and Gas Company Exits from Arctic Refuge Leases

June 1, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fairbanks, AK  – The Gwich’in Steering Committee applauds the exit of major oil and gas companies from their leases on sacred land in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Regenerate Alaska, owned by […]

German Insurer Allianz Joins Ever-Growing Corporate Support to Protect the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge

April 29, 2022

For Immediate Release Fairbanks, AK  – Today the German-based insurance company, Allianz, announced a new policy that prohibits investments and insurance in oil and gas projects in the Arctic. The policy states that as of […]

GSC Insurance Scorecard Updated: 12 Companies Now have Policy that Protects the Arctic Refuge

March 22, 2022

Plus First U.S. Company Shows Progress  For Immediate Release FAIRBANKS, AK  – Today the Gwich’in Steering Committee (GSC) released an update to its scorecard that tracks global insurance companies’ policy on fossil fuel development in […]

Gwich’in Steering Committee Responds to AIG’s New Policy on Arctic Drilling, Notes Gwich’in Leaders will Stop at Nothing to Protect Traditional Lifeways

March 1, 2022

Today American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG) announced new company-wide policy, which rules out providing insurance and investment to “any new Arctic energy exploration,” among other climate commitments. With this announcement, AIG is the first […]

Gwich’in Steering Committee Statement on Third Response from the United Nations to Imminent Rights Violations from U.S. Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic Refuge

December 16, 2021

The Gwich’in Steering Committee has noted a third letter from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD). The letter, delivered to the U.S. Government on December 3, 2021, upheld concerns raised […]

GSC Scorecard Rates Insurance Companies on Arctic Refuge Policies

August 10, 2021

International insurers win gold and silver medals while American companies fall short For Immediate Release FAIRBANKS, ALASKA (August 10, 2021) – Today the Gwich’in Steering Committee sent to domestic and international insurance companies a scorecard […]

Gwich’in Steering Committee Youth Council Speaks at the 14th Session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

July 16, 2021

On Monday, July 12, the Gwich’in Steering Committee Youth Council was invited to give a live statement at the North America and Africa regional meeting of the 14th session of the Expert Mechanism on the […]

Gwich’in Steering Committee Statement on Directional Drilling

February 23, 2021

The Gwich’in Steering Committee has learned that one of the new holders of a lease in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may extract oil from the Coastal Plain by drilling directionally into the land from […]

Corporate Commitment to Protect the Arctic Refuge

February 17, 2021

Updated 8/29/23 The Gwich’in Steering Committee has engaged directly with global banks, energy companies, and insurers to ask for policy to protect the Arctic Refuge and impacted Indigenous communities from the harms of fossil fuel […]

First North American insurer confirms it will not support destruction of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

January 15, 2021

AXIS Capital’s announcement follows recent flawed, rushed and likely illegal Arctic Refuge lease sale FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – AXIS Capital—one of the world’s leading insurers with $25.6 billion in assets and offices across North America—confirmed in […]