Kiana

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

LOCATION


Kiana, which translates into English as “place where three rivers meet,” sits on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Kobuk and Squirrel Rivers in northwestern Alaska, about 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Kiana is 57 air miles east of Kotzebue.

THE PEOPLE


The population of Kiana has nearly quadrupled during the last 80 years from 98 residents in 1920 to around 363 today. 90.4 percent of Kiana residents are Iñupiat Eskimos.


EMPLOYMENT/ECONOMY


Though augmented by cash, the Kiana economy depends primarily upon traditional subsistence activities. Important food sources include moose, caribou, waterfowl, berries and Chum salmon. There are three general stores in Kiana, plus a hunting and fishing lodge. The school, the City of Kiana, Maniilaq Association and Red Dog Mine collectively employ around 80 Kiana residents in full-time, year-round jobs. Other Kiana residents work part-time and/or seasonally for the Bureau of Land Management (firefighting), the Northwest Iñupiat Housing Authority, the fishing lodge, a charter fishing company, Crowley Marine Services and small jade mining operations. Two residents hold commercial fishing permits.


HOUSING


There are roughly 165 housing structures in Kiana. About 96 of them are occupied. All but a few trailers and duplexes are single-family dwellings. The median home value in Kiana is $145,300.

Aerial View of Kiana, Alaska

Transportation Plan Community Plan Regional Plan Energy Plan

1.    Access to Gravel Source.


2.   Multi-purpose building for IRA-City-Post Office building for better facilities, allow program growth, and additional village based jobs


3.   Native Store


4.   Upgrade/Expand Water and Sewer


5.   Bigger office complex for better facilities, allow program growth, and additional village based jobs


6.   Work on building new homes for our tribal members, and home weatherization, renovations and/or additions


7.   Grant Writer


8.   New segregated landfill to limit contamination of the environment and ensure it can contain trash.


9.   Develop valley subdivision.


10. Community Park for outside recreation activities.



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