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Chevak

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Chevak

(CHEE-vack); a.k.a. Kashunamiut

 

Current Population:     966   (2011 Alaska Department of Labor Estimate)

Incorporation Type:     2nd Class City

Located In:                   Wade Hampton Census Area

Taxes:                          Sales: 3.0%, Property: None, Special: None

                                   

 

 

Location and Climate

Chevak is located on the north bank of the Niglikfak River, 17 miles east of Hooper Bay in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The community lies at approximately 61.527780° North Latitude and -165.586390° West Longitude.  (Sec. 34, T017N, R090W, Seward Meridian.)   Chevak is located in the Bethel Recording District.  The area encompasses 1.1 sq. miles of land and 0.1 sq. miles of water.

Chevak has a maritime climate. Its location near the Bering Sea renders the area subject to heavy winds and rain. Temperatures range from -25 to 79 °F. Snowfall averages 60 inches per year. Freeze-up occurs at the end of October. Break-up occurs in June.

 

History, Culture and Demographics

Eskimos have inhabited the region for thousands of years. The current location is also known as New Chevak, because residents inhabited another village called Chevak before 1950. "Old" Chevak, on the north bank of the Keoklevik River, 9 miles east of Hooper Bay, was abandoned because of flooding from high storm tides. The name Chevak refers to "a connecting slough," on which "Old" Chevak was situated. The new site was first reported by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1948. A post office was established in 1951. The city government was incorporated in 1967.

A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community -- the Chevak Native Village. Chevak is a Cup'ik Eskimo village. Commercial fishing and subsistence activities are an important part of the local culture. The sale and importation of alcohol is banned in the village.

According to Census 2010, there were 219 housing units in the community and 209 were occupied. Its population was 94.9 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 2.4 percent white; 0.3 percent Asian; 2.4 percent of the local residents had multi-racial backgrounds. Additionally, 0.1 percent of the population was of Hispanic descent.

 

Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

A piped water and sewer provides service to 193 homes and the school. Electricity is provided by AVEC. There is one school located in the community, attended by 306 students. Local hospitals or health clinics include Chevak Clinic.

 

Economy

Employment in Chevak is at its peak in the summer months and declines to a few full-time positions during winter. Construction projects and BLM firefighting provide summer employment. In 2010, 16 residents held commercial fishing permits. Incomes are supplemented by subsistence activities and handicrafts. Salmon, seal, walrus, clams, and waterfowl are harvested.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 2461 residents as employed. The public sector employed 19.9%1 of all workers. The local unemployment rate was 32.0%1. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 35.6%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $31,563 (MOE +/-$5,958)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $7,990 (MOE +/-$1,247)1. About 46.8%1 of all residents had incomes below the poverty level. 


 

 

Transportation

A state-owned 3,200' long by 75' wide gravel airstrip is available, although heavy winds and rain can preclude air access. Float planes can land on Chevak Lake/Ninglikfak River. There are no docking facilities; however, a barge landing is available for cargo off-loading. Skiffs are used for local travel on the river in the summer, and snowmachines are used in the winter. Winter trails exist to Scammon Bay (25 mi), Hooper Bay (20 mi), and Newtok (50 mi).


Organizations with Local Offices

City - City of Chevak
P.O. Box 136
Chevak, AK 99563
Phone 907-858-7128
Fax 907-858-7245
E-mail 
cityofchevak@yahoo.com

Electric Utility - Alaska Village Electric Cooperative
4831 Eagle St.
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone 907-561-1818
Fax 907-562-4086
E-mail 
907-562-4086

School District - Kashunamiut School District
985 KSD Way
Chevak, AK 99563
Phone 907-858-7713
Fax 907-858-7328
E-mail 
spine@chevakschool.org
Web http://www.chevakschool.org 

Tribe - federally recognized - Chevak Native Village
P.O. Box 140
Chevak, AK 99563
Phone 907-858-7428
Fax 907-858-7812
E-mail 
chevaktc@unicom-alaska.com

Village Corporation - Chevak Company
P.O. Box 276
Chevak, AK 99563
Phone 907-858-7920
Fax 907-858-7311
E-mail 
chevakcc@unicom-alaska.com
 

 

Regional Organizations

School District - Kashunamiut School District
985 KSD Way
Chevak, AK 99563
Phone 907-858-7713
Fax 907-858-7328
E-mail 
spine@chevakschool.org
Web http://www.chevakschool.org

Regional Native Corporation - Calista Corporation
301 Calista Court # A
Anchorage, AK 99518-3000
Phone 907-279-5516
Fax 907-272-5060
E-mail 
calista@calistacorp.com
Web http://www.calistacorp.com

Regional Native Health Corporation - Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
P.O. Box 528
Bethel, AK 99559
Phone 907-543-6020
Fax 907-543-6006
E-mail 
gene_peltola@ykhc.org
Web http://www.ykhc.org/

Regional Native Non-Profit - Association of Village Council Presidents
P.O. Box 219
Bethel, AK 99559
Phone 907-543-3521
Fax 907-543-3596
E-mail 
mnaneng@avcp.org
Web http://www.avcp.org

Native Housing Authority - Chevak Native Village
P.O. Box 140
Chevak, AK 99563
Phone 907-858-7428
Fax 907-858-7812
E-mail 
chevaktc@unicom-alaska.com

Regional Development - Lower Kuskokwim Economic Development Council
P.O. Box 2021
Bethel,  99559
Phone 907-543-5967
Fax 907-543-3130
E-mail 
carl_berger@ddc-alaska.org
Web http://www.lkedc.org/

Economic Development - CDQ Group - Coastal Villages Region Fund
711 H Street, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501-3461
Phone 907-278-5151
Fax 907-278-5150
E-mail 
morgen_c@coastalvillages.org
Web http://www.coastalvillages.org/

 



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