Dune is an Eyak Athabascan of the Eagle Clan from the Copper River Delta, Alaska and a member of the Eyak Traditional Elders Council. Dune was a commercial fisherman in Prince William Sound until March 24, 1989 when the Exxon Valdez spilled more than 30 million gallons of oil into the Sound. On that day, he became an activist and social entrepreneur, dedicating his life to the 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 REDOIL Network (Resisting Environmental Degradation of Indigenous Lands), Executive Director of the Fund for Indigenous Rights and the Environment (FIRE Fund), Founder of the Eyak Preservation Council and Founder and Executive Director of the Native Conservancy Land Trust.