A community hearing organized by the public to defend the Arctic Refuge and Indigenous Rights is scheduled at The University of New Mexico Tuesday, March 5 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in SUB Ballroom B.

The hearing is to discuss the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the dangers of fossil fuel development, disregards of scientific data and that dismisses concerns raised by Indigenous peoples.

The event will begin with a panel featuring indigenous speakers from Alaska who will explain their opposition to Trump administration policies. After, members of the public will be invited to speak out and have their testimony submitted as part of the public record.

The hearing is co-hosted by members of the academic community at UNM, including Subhankar Banerjee, professor, UNM Art and Art History, in partnership with the Gwich’in Steering Committee, Native Movement, Defenders of Wildlife, Alaska Wilderness League and The Wilderness Society.

For more information, visit Community Hearing to Defend the Arctic Refuge and Indigenous Rights or email Banerjee at subhankar@unm.edu.