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"A native Athabaskan Eyak of the Eagle Clan from the Copper River Delta of Alaska, he was a commercial fisherman in Prince William Sound until March 24, 1989 when the Exxon Valdez spilled more than 11 million gallons of oil into the Sound. On that day, he became an activist and social entrepreneur, dedicating his life to protection of human rights and the environment.
"For his work, he was selected by Time magazine as one of its "Heroes of the Planet." He is a co-founder and member of the RED OIL Network (Resisting Environmental Degradation of Indigenous Lands), a member of the Eyak Traditional Elders Council, founder of the Eyak Preservation Council, and founder of the Native Conservancy Land Trust. " 
- Executive Director, Fund for Indigenous Rights and the Environment
- Director, Bioneers
- Former Fellow, Hunt Alternatives Fund 
- Advisory Board (2004), Circle of Life Foundation