Dune Lankard

Dune Lankard, an Eyak Athabaskan Native of the Eagle Clan, is a strategic and guiding force for the Eyak Preservation Council (EPC). His stances in his community have shown vision and courage, even though they have not always been popular and understood. He is ancestrally from, and a lifelong resident of, Cordova. 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 recognised for his abilities to link cultural and environmental solutions. 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 awarded a Hunt Alternatives Fund-Prime Movers Fellowship: Cultivating Social Capital Award. He sits on the boards of the Bioneers, EPC, the NATIVE Conservancy, REDOIL, is on the advisory board of the Seva Foundation and the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, and is Senior Alaska Representative for the Center for Biological Diversity. Dune contributes in all of EPC’s organising and strategies, and is a lead strategist in the Bering River Coal Conservation Opportunity and the Shepard Point campaigns. He is also one of EPC’s Copper River Wilderness Raft guides.