Similar to many Alaskans, I began my career aboard a fishing vessel, thriving as a commercial fisherman. I have traveled up the Stikine, Unuk and Taku Rivers. I have spoken to the families along those rivers, as many are my clan brothers and sisters. I am a lifelong Alaskan or, as some would see me, a Tlingit whose culture has over 10,000 years of proven ties to the land on which salmon lovers reside. For the Tlingit Nation, this resource is more than sustenance or provision of income; it is the history and traditions passed down since time immemorial.