As demand for oil and gas grows, companies are looking to the Chukchi Sea in Alaska as a potential source of oil and wealth. However, the land along the Chukchi Sea is also home to the Native Alaskan community of the Inupiat. Drilling comes in direct conflict with the way of the life of the Inupiat. Considering this conflict, this Comment explores the difficulty of a §1983 claim for the Inupiat. The failure of §1983 to provide a remedy for the Inupiat provides a frame through which to view how §1983 has deviated from its plain language and original purpose.