The area of Bristol Bay in Alaska is home to one of the greatest runs of wild sockeye salmon, over two dozen Alaskan Native Communities and extensive deposits of copper, gold, and other minerals. The proposed mine by the Pebble Limited Partnership at the headwaters of the Nushagak and Kvichak rivers would be the largest open pit mine in North America at 2 miles across and 2,000 feet deep. The billions of tons of mine waste would be dumped into man-made lakes created by flooding 10 square miles of land behind earthen dams more than 600 feet high. The environmental risks of this project are enormous, but equally important are the devastating repercussions the mine will have on the indigenous peoples of Bristol Bay, who have lived on these lands for generations and depend on the bay’s salmon for their survival. Due to the remoteness of the location the Native Communities rely on surrounding natural resources including salmon that would be greatly affected by the approval of the Pebble mine. Additionally, the mine would affect the economic success that comes from tourism within the surrounding rivers.