New Stuyahok is a second class city in the Dillingham Census Area.  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.

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 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 that year. An airstrip was built soon thereafter, and the 1960s saw a 40% increase in the village population. The city was incorporated in 1972.

New Stuyahok is a southern Yup'ik Eskimo village with Russian Orthodox influences. Residents practice a fishing and subsistence lifestyle.

Governance: New Stuyahok was incorporated in 1970 and maintains a mayoral form of government. Mayor: Randy Hastings

Infrastructure:

  • Air transport is most frequently used to reach the community. Regular and charter flights are available from Dillingham. The lighted, state-owned gravel airstrip is 3,281' long by 98' wide.
  • Goods are lightered on a regular basis during the summer.
  • Skiffs, ATVs, and snow machines are the prevalent forms of local transportation.

Education: The Chief Ivan Blunka School is a member of the Southwest Region School District.  The school currently enrolls 128 students in preschool through twelfth grade, guided by 12 teachers.  Superintendent: David Piazza

 

Contacts:

City of New Stuyahok

P.O. Box 10

New Stuyahok, AK 99636

Mayor - Randal Hastings

(907) 693-3171

City Administrator - Mitch Chocknok

(907) 693-3171

 

New Stuyahok Traditional Council

P.O. Box 49

New Stuyahok, AK 99636

President - Dennis Andrew, Sr.

(907) 693-3173

 

Stuyahok Limited

P.O. Box 50

New Stuyahok, AK 99636

President - Peter Christopher Sr,

(907) 693-3122

 

Utilities:

Alaska Village Electric Cooperative

4831 Eagle Street

Anchorage, AK 99503

President/CEO - Meera Kohler

(907) 561-1818

 

Projects:

Download a listing of projects submitted bythe City of New Stuyahok for inclusion in the Southwest Alaska Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Download New Stuyahok Projects List