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Fishing for king and chum salmon on the Yukon River in Alaska is cancelled this year because fish numbers are so low. Regional tribal groups say it’s creating a dire situation for those who count on salmon for food and income to get them through the winter. Although the overall threat is mixed, it’s part of a worrying trend that has seen fish numbers in decline for decades in some areas.
Ricko Dewilde (Athabaskan) – fisherman
Ben Stevens (Koyukon Athabaskan) – tribal stewardship manager for the Tanana Chiefs Conference
Natasha Singh (Athabaskan Stevens Village tribal member) – general counsel for the Tanana Chiefs Conference
Rex Rock Jr. (Inupiat) – special assistant to Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy for rural outreach and economic development with Alaska Native Corporations
Break 1 music: Cissy (Fish/Smoke Dance) (song) Sheldon Sundown (artist) Hand Drum/Smoke N’ Round Dance (album)
Break 2 music: Ideal Dub (song) Casper Loma Da-Wa (artist) Honor the People (album)