The History of New Stuyahok

New Stuyahok is located on the Nushagak River, about 12 miles upriver from Ekwok and 52 miles northeast of Dillingham. The village has been constructed at two elevations -- one 25 feet above river level, and one about 40 feet above river level. It lies at approximately 59 29' N Latitude, 157 20' W Longitude (Sec. 29, T008S, R047W, Seward Meridian). The community is located in the Bristol Bay Recording District. The area encompasses 6 sq. miles of land and 2 sq. miles of water.

The present location is the third site that villagers can remember. The village moved downriver to the Mulchatna area from the "Old Village" in 1918. During the 1920s and 30s, the village was engaged in herding reindeer for the U.S. government. However, by 1942 the herd had dwindled to nothing; the village had been subjected to flooding; and the site was too far inland even to receive barge service. So in 1942, the village moved downriver again to its present location. Stuyahok appropriately means "going downriver place." The first school was built in 1961. A post office was also established during that year. An airstrip was built soon thereafter, and the 1960s saw a 40% increase in the village population.

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History and map graphic used with permission from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development