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Current Population:              104   (2011 Alaska Department of Labor Estimate)

Incorporation Type:              Unincorporated

Located In:                           Valdez-Cordova Census Area

Taxes:                                   No taxing authority




Location and Climate

Chistochina is located at mile 32.7 on the Tok Cutoff to the Glenn Highway, 42 miles northeast of Glennallen. Sinona Creek, Bolder Creek, Chistochina River, and Copper River surround the village. The community lies at approximately 62.565000° North Latitude and -144.664720° West Longitude. (Sec. 16, T009N, R004E, Copper River Meridian.)   Chistochina is located in the Chitina Recording District.

The climate in Chistochina is continental, characterized by long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. Total annual precipitation averages 13 inches, with annual snowfall averaging 61 inches. Temperature extremes from a low of -62 to a high of 91 °F have been recorded.


History, Culture and Demographics

Chistochina began as an Ahtna fish camp and stopover place for traders and trappers. The village access road later became part of the Valdez-Eagle Trail, constructed by miners during the gold rush to the Eagle area in 1897. Chistochina Lodge was built as a roadhouse for prospectors. The trail was used for construction of U.S. Army Signal Corps telegraph lines from Valdez to Eagle between 1901 and 1904. Gold was mined along the upper Chistochina River and its runoff creeks. The area was settled by homesteaders, although it has remained a traditional Native village.

A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community -- the Cheesh-Na Tribe. Chistochina is the most traditional of all Copper River Athabascan Indian villages. Subsistence activities are a crucial component of lifestyle in the village.

According to Census 2010, there were 68 housing units in the community and 36 were occupied. Its population was 53.8 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 36.6 percent white; 9.7 percent of the local residents had multi-racial backgrounds.


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

Almost half of residences have individual wells; the remainder hauls treated water from the community center. Some residents use individual septic tanks, but the majority have outhouses or pit privies. About 40% of homes are completely plumbed. The local landfill is closed pending clean-up and relocation to a new site. Electricity is provided out of Tok. Electricity is provided by Alaska Power Company. There is one school located in the community, attended by 11 students. Local hospitals or health clinics include Chistochina Health Clinic.  The Sub-Regional Health Corp. provides community-based services such as the Community Health Aide who serves the elderly and home-bound clients health education and dog shot clinics. The CHA provides staffing at the clinic contract health care dental.  Auxiliary health care is provided by Copper River EMS Council (907-822-3671) Cross Road Medical Center in Glennallen.



Subsistence hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering are the basis of the village's economy. Most cash employment is seasonal.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 541 residents as employed. The public sector employed 40.7%1 of all workers. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 48.6%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $24,722 (MOE +/-$36,135)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $17,833 (MOE +/-$5,564)1. About 10.6%1 of all residents had incomes below the poverty level. 




Chistochina is accessible year-round by the Glenn and Richardson Highways via the Tok Cutoff. Small aircraft may land at a state-owned 2,060' long by 90' wide turf/gravel airstrip.

Organizations with Local Offices

Electric Utility - Alaska Power Company
P.O. Box 3222
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Phone 800-982-0136
Fax 360-385-5177

Tribe - federally recognized - Cheesh-Na Tribe
P.O. Box 241
Chistochina, AK 99586
Phone 907-822-3503
Fax 907-822-5179


Regional Organizations

School District - Copper River School District
P.O. Box 108
Glennallen, AK 99588
Phone 907-822-3234
Fax 907-822-3949

Regional Native Corporation - Ahtna, Incorporated
P.O. Box 649
Glennallen, AK 99588
Phone 907-822-3476
Fax 907-822-3495

Regional Native Health Corporation - Mt. Sanford Tribal Consortium
P.O. Box 357
Gakona, AK 99586
Phone 907-822-5399
Fax 907-822-5810

Regional Native Non-Profit - Copper River Native Association
Mile 104 Old Richardson Highway, P.O. Box H
Copper Center, AK 99573
Phone 907-822-5241
Fax 907-822-8803

Native Housing Authority - Copper River Basin Regional Housing Authority
P.O. Box 89
Glennallen, AK 99588
Phone 907-822-3633
Fax 907-822-3662

Regional Development - Copper Valley Development Association
P.O. Box 9
Glennallen,  99588
Phone 907-822-5001
Fax 907-822-5009


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