She rejected a road that some Alaskans say will save lives, and now Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is facing a lawsuit because of that decision.
On Wednesday King Cove residents, Alaska tribes and two local governments sued Jewell and several other government officials. Their complaints are centered around what they call an inadequate environmental impact statement on the proposed road to Cold Bay, through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, and the secretary's unwillingness to work them.
Wednesday's suit against the Interior Department follows one filed by the State of Alaska and announced by Gov. Sean Parnell in April.
Since January, officials say King Cove has seen 11 medevacs and six assists by the U.S. Coast Guard, a situation that they say not only puts patient lives at risk, but also the lives of the people assisting in the rescue.
"We are truly at this point appalled," said Della Trumble, a spokesperson for the Agdaagux Tribe and King Cove Corp. "We feel the government has a trust responsibility to the Aleut people in this community and that's ignored -- that whole idea that wildlife has more value than human life is also basically hard to understand."
Channel 2 reached out to the Department of the Interior for comment; officials declined, saying they could not discuss matters of litigation.