Assistant Editor: Helle V. Goldman, Tromsø ANSIPRA (formerly NNSIPRA) Bulletin is an information publication of the “Arctic Network for the Support of the Indigenous Peoples of the Russian Arctic”. The Bulletin is issued twice a year. Additional issues are produced as new information warrants it. The Bulletin is edited in English and Russian. ANSIPRA Bulletin is distributed to all registered network participants, as well as relevant state agencies and funding institutions. Distribution is free. All written contributions are appreciated. ANSIPRA Bulletin is politically independent. A special part of the English language edition, however, presents translations of articles of the newsletter “Мир коренных народов” (Indigenous Peoples’ World), the official periodical of RAIPON (Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation), selected in cooperation with RAIPON.
ANSIPRA (formerly NNSIPRA) is a communication network linking Russian Indigenous Peoples' Organisations (IPOs) with international institutions and organisations alarmed about the future of the indigenous peoples of the Russian North. ANSIPRA's main goal is to spread information, to mediate contacts, and to assist in project coordination and application for funding.
CONTENTS OF THIS EDITION:
From NNSIPRA to ANSIPRA. Letter from the Secretariat 3
10th Anniversary celebrations of RAIPON. Press release 4
Abolishment of Russian State Committee for Environmental Protection
Reprints of newspaper articles 5
Decree of the President of the Russian Federation 6
International Workshop on Key Problems of the Indig. Peoples of the Russian North: Conclusions and Recom. 7
Motion of the Danish Parliament on its "Strategy for Danish Support to Indigenous Peoples" 11
Project "Reindeer". A proposed marketing project by Stanislav Dorzhinkevich (Fund NIP) 12
We must realize ourselves for our future. A letter from Kamchatka by Nadezhda Marinenko 17
Declaration of the public organisations of the Kamchatka Oblast. Initiative against the construction of a pipeline 19
Doctors of the World: soon a decade of humanitarian action in Chukotka.Yvon Csonka (Univ. Neuchatel)20
The Anadyr Society for Sobriety, ”Doverie” (“Trust”). Ivan Vukvukai, President of "Doverie" 20
Urgent Appeal for Assistance - Chukotka. World Council of Whalers 21
"Ilkėn" - Newspaper of the New Century. Editors of "Ilkėn" 22
What does the word "Ilkėn" mean? A.N. Myreeva (Russian Academy of Sciences) 22
Indigenous ethnic groups of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation 23
Part II: The southern zone: Urals to Primorskiy Kray
W.K. Dallmann (Norwegian Polar Institute) and G. Diachkova (Inst. of Ethnology and Anthropology, Moscow)
Book reviews 35
Contacts and addresses 39
From NNSIPRA to ANSIPRA
Letter from the Secretariat
The increasingly international contacts of our network have long tempted us to reflect this change in the network's name. Having achieved an agreement with RAIPON (Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the Russian North) to publish English translations of their newsletter “Mir Korennykh Narodov”, which will probably attract an even larger readership, we have finally decided to change our name from this point forward to ANSIPRA (Arctic Network for the Support of the Indigenous Peoples of the Russian Arctic), instead of NNSIPRA (Norwegian Network …).
We are still working at realizing an Internet homepage which has been delayed for financial reasons. It is hoped that this homepage will be reality in autumn.
“Mir Korennykh Narodov”
RAIPON has started to issue its own internal newsletter “Mir Korennykh Narodov” ("Indigenous Peoples' World"), financially supported by the Foreign Ministry of Norway through the Saami/Nordic support programme (managed by UNEP/GRID-Arendal). Two issues are already available, while the third one is on its way. The newsletter can be accessed on the Internet at www.raipon.org. ANSIPRA will publish selected articles of the newsletter in English translation in future editions of the bulletin.
Although the interest in our bulletin and other assistance is increasing, financial support has not been equally forthcoming. In 1998 and 1999, most NNSIPRA activities could be financed through the internal budget of the Norwegian Polar Institute (NP). In addition, the Ministry of the Environment (Division of Polar Affairs and Cooperation with Russia) gave means to buy a computer for our assistant coordinator in Russia.
The situation has changed in 2000, when NP has to struggle hard to maintain financing of a number of projects. Three applications to funding agencies failed. NP now only covers salaries and the production and copying of the bulletin. We are forced to ask kind people to make those translations for free that exceed the capacity of our staff, and to pay for our travel with our own money.
Thanks to the kindness of the managers of the Saami/Nordic support programme (see above), we will be able to launch our website and the translations of selections from “Mir Korennykh Narodov” during this year. These financial means are not at all secured from next year forward. We hope to get a more positive response on applications for next year's budget.