in the Bethel Census Area
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- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (ack' ee uh chuck)
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Geography and Climate
- Akiachak is located on the west bank of the Kuskokwim River, on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. It lies 18 miles northeast of Bethel.
- The area averages 16 inches of precipitation, with snowfall of 50 inches. Summer temperatures range from 42 to 62 °F. Winter temperatures range from -2 to 19 °F.
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- The area was used by the Yup'ik Eskimos as a seasonal subsistence site. Called "Akiakchagamiut" in the 1890 census, the village had a population of 43 at that time. A post office was established in 1934. It incorporated as a second-class city on February 7, 1974. The city government was dissolved on January 31, 1990, in favor of traditional village council governance.
- Akiachak is a Yup'ik Eskimo village with a fishing and subsistence lifestyle. It has a strong traditional community and was the first city in Alaska to dissolve its city government in favor of the Native village government.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
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- Akiachak Native Community
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale, importation, and possession of alcohol.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- A state-owned gravel airstrip and public seaplane facility provides scheduled and chartered services year-round to Akiachak. Most transportation within the community is via four-wheelers in the summer and snow machines in the winter. Boats, snow machines, and ATVs are used extensively by locals on the Kuskokwim River. Although no formal boat landing area exists, there is a shallow area, separated from the main channel of the Kuskokwim River by a small isthmus, where boats are hauled up on shore and stored for the winter. Mail is often delivered by hovercraft. Barges deliver bulk fuel and supplies during the summer. Bethel provides full jet service to Anchorage year-round. Road networks are severely limited due to the delta's topography, especially in the summer. The river is used as an ice road during the winter months. A 2011, community plan identified several future projects: a road to provide access to land for housing and other projects, a trail for access to important fishing and subsistence areas, improving current streets, and providing winter trail markings to improve safety of winter travel.
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