in the Bethel Census Area
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- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (kip' nuck); a.k.a. Kanganak
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Geography and Climate
- Kipnuk is located on the west bank of the Kugkaktlik River in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, 85 air miles southwest of Bethel. It lies four miles inland from the Bering Sea coast.
- The community is located in a marine climate. Annual precipitation averages 22 inches, with 43 inches of snowfall annually. Summer temperatures range from 41 to 57 °F, and winter temperatures average from 6 to 24 °F.
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- Yup'ik Eskimos have inhabited the region for thousands of years. According to early BIA records, the village was established around 1922.
- Kipnuk is a traditional Yup'ik Eskimo community, maintaining a subsistence lifestyle. Commercial fishing is an important income source.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
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- Native Village of Kipnuk
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale and importation of alcohol.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Kipnuk offers a gravel airstrip, with scheduled air taxi service and available charter services. A seaplane base is also available. Boats and skiffs are used by residents for local travel during the summer, with snowmobiles in the winter. Winter trails lead to Tuntutuliak (77 miles), Chefornak (20 miles), and Kwigillingok (35 miles). Although there is no dock, barges from Bethel deliver cargo each summer.
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