Tetlin

Contact Us

Phone: (907) 324-2130
Fax: (907) 324-2131

Address:
P.O. Box TTL
Tetlin, AK 99779

Health Clinic: (907) 324-2151
Fax: (907) 324-2165

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

Quick Facts

Pronounced (TET-linn)

Current Population 118
(2012 Alaska Department of Labor Estimate)
Community’s Senate District T
Community’s House District 39
Community’s Judicial District 4

Latitude: 63.1372
Longitude: -142.5161

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Location

Tetlin is located along the Tetlin River, between Tetlin Lake and the Tanana River, 20 miles southeast of Tok. It lies in the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. The village is connected by road to the Alaska Highway.

Climate

Tetlin lies within the continental climatic zone, with cold winters and warm summers. In the winter, cold air settles in the valley and ice fog and smoke are common. The average low during January is -32 °F; the average high during July is 72 °F. Extreme temperatures have been measured from -71 to 99 °F.

History

The semi-nomadic Athabascan Indians have historically lived in this area, moving with the seasons between several hunting and fishing camps. In 1885, Lt. H.T. Allen found small groups of people living in Tetlin and, to the south, in Last Tetlin. The residents of Last Tetlin had made numerous trips to trading posts on the Yukon River. In 1912, villagers from Tetlin would trade at the Tanana Crossing Trading Post.

During the Chisana gold stampede in 1913, a trading post was established across the river from Tetlin. When two trading posts were opened in the village during the 1920s by John Hajdukovich and W.H. Newton, residents from Last Tetlin relocated to Tetlin. A school was constructed in 1929, and a post office was opened in 1932. The 786,000-acre Tetlin Indian Reserve was established in 1930. An airstrip was constructed in 1946.

When the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) was passed in 1971, the reserve was revoked. Tetlin opted for surface and subsurface title to the 743,000 acres of land in the former reserve.

Culture

The community continues to live a traditional Athabascan culture and lifestyle.

More Contact Info

    • Native Village of Tetlin
      • P.O. Box 797
        Tok, AK 99780
      • 907-883-2021
    • Tetlin Native Corporation
      • P. O. Box 657
        Tok, AK 99780

Community profile data provided by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.