Anchorage Press "The first time I heard someone raise the question of whether or not the U.S. is an Arctic nation was during a meeting with the Finnish Ambassador to the U.S., the Hon. Ritva Koukku-Ronde." By Annie Passarello
'She was very interested in hearing from
those in attendance about issues related to changing Arctic conditions
and ways and in which Finland could enhance its relationship with Alaska
and the U.S.
'As the meeting drew to a close and the few in attendance shuffled
out of the small conference room, I heard someone question whether the
U.S. was embracing its Arctic nationhood. The question struck me, and is
one that has taken root in my thoughts of late, for until that moment I
never questioned whether or not the U.S. was an Arctic nation. In fact,
I never thought of the U.S. in those terms.
'Perhaps that is why I was so rattled by the question and even more disturbed by the lack of a clear answer.
'Approaching the answer from a strictly geographic
standpoint yields an immediate yes, as the northernmost reaches of
Alaska lie well within the Arctic Circle.'