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William Johnson

William Johnson

William P. Johnson lives in Dillingham, Alaska. He was born in 1938 in Igushik, Alaska to Carl W. Johnson and Mary (Gosadak) (Johnson) Tilden. In May 1958, William graduated with the last class of the Dillingham Territorial High School. In December 1958, he married Mary Ann Wallona. Together they have had 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. William has been involved in commercial fishing ever since he could pick a fish. He helped his mother with her set net sites in Igushik and Clarks Point beaches. In 1960, he leased a boat from Columbia Wards of Ekuk, Alaska and captained a fishing vessel for the first time. In all his years of fishing, William has caught more then 5.5 million pounds of fish, often making the “High Boat” list. In the early 1970's and 1980's, William worked for the Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) as the land manager. He also worked as regional director of the Bristol Bay Area Development Corporation, and assisted many Native people of Bristol Bay in filing for Native allotment lands. William also has served as a board member for numerous organizations including: Western Alaska Cooperative Marketing Association (WACMA), Tonuak Indian Credit Association, Dillingham City Council, Dillingham City Planning Commission, Bristol Bay Area Development Corporation, Bristol Bay Area Health Board, Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA), and Choggiung, Ltd.

Date of Birth:
Sep 13, 1938
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