Alaska’s Kuskokwim River is the longest free-flowing river in the United States. Home to more than 25,000 people, the majority of whom are Alaska natives, the river is a vital source of salmon, sheefish, northern pike, and is part of a delicate ecosystem integral to the subsistence lifestyle of native Alaskan communities. Because of the lack of modern amenities such as roads or supermarkets in the surrounding region, the Kuskokwim River remains the central aspect of local peoples’ cultural, physical and spiritual lives.

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