Dune Lankard is a strategic and guiding force for the Eyak Preservation Council. His stances in his community have shown vision and courage, and suffice it to say that they have not always been popular and understood by some. He is ancestrally from, and a lifelong resident of, Cordova. Dune’s Eyak name is Jamachakih, which translates: Little Bird that screams really loud and won’t shut up.The morning he found his homelands covered with oil from the Exxon Valdez disaster he turned from commercial fisherman to dedicated community activist. Since that day, he has been recognized for his abilities to link cultural and environmental solutions. For his work, he was selected by Time magazine as one of its “Heroes of the Planet”. In 2006, he was named an Ashoka Social Entrepreneur Fellow; in 2007, his non-profit business idea for the Cordova Cold Storage and Cookery was awarded a Marketplace Alaska award by the Alaska Federation of Natives. He was recently awarded a Hunt Alternatives Fund-Prime Movers Fellowship: Cultivating Social Capital Award. He sits on boards of the Bioneers, EPC, the NATIVE Conservancy, REDOIL, and the FIRE Fund and on the advisory board of the Seva Foundation and the Alaska Wildlife Alliance. Currently, he is very involved in EPC’s Tribal Copper River Keeper program, Bering Coal Conservation Opportunity, and the Shepard Point campaigns. He is one of EPC’s Copper River Wilderness Raft guides.
Honoring Eyak Heritage and conserving wild salmon ...