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Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska


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Statistics & Facts

The Alaska state capital is Juneau.
The population of Venetie is approximately 188 (2004), 166 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 79 (2000), 61 (2010).
The amount of land area in Venetie is 34.291 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Venetie is 20.8 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 3.005 sq kilometers.
The distance from Venetie to Washington DC is 3558 miles.
The distance to the Alaska state capital is 731 miles. (as the crow flies)
Venetie is positioned 67.01 degrees north of the equator and 146.39 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Venetie per capita income is $ 7,314 (2000).
Venetie median income is $ 21,000 (2000).
Venetie average annual precipitation is 6.58 inches peryear.
Venetie average annual snowfall is 43.4 inches per year.


45 miles northwest of Fort Yukon in northern Alaska. It is located on the north side of the Chandalar River.
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cold with long, harsh winters and warm summers. Winter temperatures are commonly from -50 to -60 degrees. In the summer the highs are gnerally between 65 and 72. The Chandalar River is usually frozen over from mid-September through the end of May.
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History & History Related Items

This area was first known as Old Robert's Village or sometimes as Chandalar Village. Venetie, itself, was founded in 1895 by Old Robert. He found the area to have plentiful game and fish which would make it a good place for a home. In the early years, the population spent winters here in cabins and the rest of the year moving about for food. When the gold rush hit this area around 1906, many miners came to seek their fortunres. Several small camps and villages sprang up to support them. Once the rush was over, about 1910, these other areas were basically abandoned. The Venetie Indian Reservation was created in 1943 as several small villages, Venetie included, banded together to protect their land. During this same period a school was opened in Venetie causing more to settle in town year-round. When the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was passed in 1971, both Venetie and ARctic Village took title to the land in the former reservation.
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The Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government is a federally recognized tribe in Venetie. The Venetie Villge Council is also here, but is not federally recognized. Venetie is 96.5% Alaska Native or part Native who are mostly descendants of the Neets'ai Gwich'in.

Venetie is accessible only by air. There are a few trails. The Tribal Council owns the local 4,100 foot long, gravel airstrip. River transportation is available only in the short summer season.
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Economy & Industry

mostly subsistence. Local residents use hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering and gardening for their food sources. Some seasonal employment is also available. A proposed sawmill may bring more employment to the area.
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Venetie City Government

Venetie Tribal Government
P.O. Box 81080
Venetie, AK 99781
Phone 907-849-8212
Fax 907-849-8097

Venetie Village Council
P.O. Box 19
Venetie, AK 99781
Phone 907-849-8212
Fax 907-849-8149 Venetie


The population of Venetie was:
1990 - 182
2000 - 199
2004 - 188 (estimate)

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