2nd Class City
in the North Slope Borough
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (an-ack-TOO-vick); a.k.a. Naqsragmiut Tribe
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
Geography and Climate
- Anaktuvuk Pass, at 2,200 feet elevation on the divide between the Anaktuvuk and John Rivers in the central Brooks Range, is the last remaining settlement of the Nunamiut (inland northern Inupiat Eskimo).
- The climate of Anaktuvuk Pass is strongly continental. Due to its high elevation, summers are cool. The average temperature in January is -14 °F. The average summer temperature is 50 °F. Extremes ranging from a low of -56 to a high of 91 °F have been recorded. Precipitation averages 11 inches and snowfall averages 63 inches per year.
- Community Map Available
- Map URL
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- Nunamiut bands left the Brooks Range and scattered due to the scarcity of caribou in 1926-27 and also because of cultural changes brought by the influx of western settlers. In 1938, however, several Nunamiut families left the coast and returned to the mountains at Killik River and Chandler Lake. In 1949, the Chandler Lake group moved to Anaktuvuk Pass ("the place of caribou droppings"), where they were later joined by the Killik River group. This settlement attracted Nunamiut from many other locations, and villagers today lead a more sedentary lifestyle than in earlier nomadic times. The city was incorporated in 1959. A Presbyterian church was constructed in 1966.
- Anaktuvuk Pass is a Nunamiut Eskimo community dependent upon subsistence activities.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Village of Anaktuvuk Pass
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale, importation, and possession of alcohol.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Bingo/Pull Tabs and Recreation
- The 4,800' gravel airstrip is owned and operated by the North Slope Borough and provides Anaktuvuk Pass with year-round access. There is no road to Anaktuvuk Pass, but "cat-trains" transport cargo from the Trans-Alaska pipeline haul road during winter months. Snow machines and ATVs are used for local transportation.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
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- Community's House District