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2006-06-20 07:35:00

By Daisuke Wakabayashi BARROW, Alaska -- As mayor of Alaska's oil-rich North Slope Borough, Edward Itta understands that developing the region's energy resources can pay for better schools and much-needed infrastructure improvements. But Itta also sees how greed for oil money can break down local Inupiat Eskimo culture and traditions that date back thousands of years and lead to drug use and other ills found in a modern society. Having to walk a fine line to balance those two forces, the...


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