Back to its Roots: How §1983 Must Return to its Origins to Provide a Remedy for the Inupiat Against Oil Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Circle

Prochazka, Julia | May 11, 2017

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.