Nuiqsut is located on the west bank of the Nechelik Channel of the Colville
River Delta, about 35 miles from the Beaufort Sea coast. Nuiqsut's climate
is arctic with temperatures ranging from -56 to 78 °F. Precipitation
is light, averaging 5 inches, with annual snowfall of 20 inches. The Colville
Delta has traditionally been a gathering and trading place for the Inupiat,
and is known for good fishing and hunting. Nuiqsut was one of three abandoned
Inupiat villages identified by the Alaska
Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), and was resettled in 1973 by
27 families from Barrow. Housing and facilities were constructed by federal
agencies in the summer of 1973 and 1974; goods were hauled from Barrow
by tractor. The City was incorporated 1975. The majority of the population
is Inupiat Eskimos practicing a traditional subsistence lifestyles. Alaska
Natives comprise over 90% of the population.
Brown, William E. 1979. Nuiqsut Heritage a Cultural Heritage. Anchorage, AK: Arctic Environmental Information and Data Center.
Hoffman, David; Libbey, David; & Spearman, Grant R. 1978. Nuiqsut: a Study of Land Use Values Through Time. Fairbanks, AK: Anthropology and Historic Preservation, Cooperative Park Studies Unit, University of Alaska.
Simasko, Andrew Charles. 1976. Nuiqsut, Alaska - a Village Rejuvenated.
Montana State University, Bozeman - Dissertation collection.
From the National Weather Service
Sea Ice conditions for AK, images from the last 14 days
From AK Dept. of Community and economic Development
Information about Nuiqsut from the NSB School District
General information about Nuiqsut