An Inupiat who is one of the leading opponents of Arctic offshore drilling is among this year’s winners of a national environmental award.
Caroline Cannon and four others on Monday won the Goldman Environmental Prize.
Each winner will receive $150,000.
Cannon is the former president of the Native Village of Point Hope. The tribal council has filed numerous lawsuits attempting to block Shell from drilling this summer.
The prize was started in 1990 by the late Richard Goldman and his wife, Rhoda. The foundation says the prizes honors “ordinary individuals who take extraordinary actions to protect the earth and its inhabitants.”