Benjamin Lee Stevens
Stevens Village / Fairbanks | Tribal Advocate, Tanana Chiefs Conference
“The last wild salmon runs on earth are in peril, thus my kid's future with the fish is threatened. I'm fighting to ensure salmon return year after year, but can't do this myself; we need all the users engaged from the head waters in Canada to the trawlers in the North Pacific; and we need their friends. “
Ben Stevens grew up spending summers at his family’s fish camp 30 miles upriver from Stevens Village on the Upper Yukon. He helped with the entire operation from setting nets to hauling smoked and dried bales of salmon to the boat; learning values of caring for family and community, self-sufficiency, hard work, and sharing. “My relationship with salmon is half my life,” he explains. “It comes from heritage and is embedded in my culture; it's in my DNA.”
Stevens has made a career as a Tribal Professional. He currently works as Director of the Hunting and Fishing Task Force for the Tanana Chiefs Conference, and prior to that served as the Executive Director of the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments. He has worked extensively in natural resources as a policy analyst, project coordinator in natural resources.
Stevens holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Foraker Group through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He currently serves as an Advisory Panel Member on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council and as a Sociocultural and Economic Dimensions of Salmon Team Advisor for the State of Alaska’s Salmon and People, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. He has also held community roles as a member of the Board of Directors for Foraker Group and as President and Chairman of the Board of Dinyee Corporation.