Atka is a second class city in the Aleutians West Census Area, located on Atka Island.  Atka sits 1,200 air miles southwest from Anchorage and 350 miles west of Unalaska.

The island has been occupied by Unangas for at least 2,000 years. Unangas speak the western dialect, known since the Russian era as "Aleut". Recent archaeological evidence indicates that the present village site may have had human use since prehistoric times. In 1747 Atka became an important trade site and safe harbor for Russians. In 1787 a number of hunters were enslaved and relocated to the Pribilofs to work in the fur seal harvest. The town was settled in the 1860s. The sea otter hunting era came to an end in the late 1800s, after which Atka had no viable cash economy. Reindeer were introduced to the island in 1914. Atka became a relatively affluent community in the 1920’s due to fox farming. After the Japanese attacked Unalaska and seized Attu and Kiska in June 1942, the U.S. Government evacuated Atka residents to the Ketchikan area. Atka was burned to the ground to prevent Japanese forces from using it and advancing. The community was rebuilt by the U.S. Navy after the war, and residents were allowed to return. Many Attu villagers, released from imprisonment in Japan in 1945, relocated to Atka. This exposure to the outside world brought many changes in the traditional culture and attitudes in the community. The city was incorporated in 1988.

Today, the Aleut language is still spoken in one-fourth of homes.  Sea lions and other sea mammals are an important part of the subsistence lifestyle, and meat is shared village-wide on an informal basis.

Governance: Atka was incorporated in 1988 and maintains a mayoral form of government.  Regular elections are held on the first Tuesday in October.  Mayor: Christopher Maly

Infrastructure:

  • State-owned, city-maintained 4,500' by 100' asphalt, lighted runway
  • Scheduled air services are available three times weekly from Unalaska.
  • Planes can be chartered from Cold Bay or Unalaska.
  • Freight service is provided from April to October.
  • The city dock and port facility is located 5 miles from town in Nazan Bay.

Education: The Yakoy E. Netsvetov School is a member of the Aleutian Region School District.  The school currently enrolls 12 students from preschool through twelfth grade, who are guided by two teachers. Superintendent: Joseph Beckford

 

Contacts:

City of Atka

P.O. Box 47070

Atka, AK 99547

Mayor - Christopher Maly

ph: (907) 839-2233

City Administrator - Julie Dirks

ph: (907) 581-6226

 

OR, for Administrator Office:

P.O. Box 765

Unalaska, AK, 99685

 

Atxam Corporation

P.O. Box 47001

Atka, AK 99547

President - Mark Snigaroff

ph: (907) 839-2229

 

Native Village of Atka

116 Laavkik Road, P.O. Box 47030

Atka, AK 99547

ph: (907) 839-2237

 

Aleutian/Pribilof Island Comm. Development Assoc.

234 Gold Street

Juneau, AK 99801

CEO - Larry Cotter

ph: (907) 586-0161

 

Andreanof Electric Corporation

P.O. Box 47076

Atka, AK 99547

Administrator- Julie Dirks

ph: (907) 581-6226

 

Projects:

Download a listing of projects submitted by the City of Atka for inclusion in the Southwest Alaska Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Download Atka Projects List