Stony River


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Stony River is located on an island in the Kuskokwim River at the mouth of the Stony River, approximately 224 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. The village has a total area of 4.9 square miles, of which 3.1 square miles is land and 1.8 square miles is water. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the community consisted of 54 people. A federally recognized tribe is located in the community - the Village of Stony River, which is fully operated by an elected tribal council of 7 members.                                                        

Stony River began when a trading post opened there in 1930, followed by a post office. The local mixed Athabascan Indian and Yupik Eskimo Natives frequently used these facilities but didn’t claim full residency there until the late 1930s. A tribe of Athabascans resided in Moose Creek approximately 3 miles downriver from the village of Stony River later moving to the village of Stony River. 

Nearly each household is plumbed and equipped with their own private water-well system. There is one school, a tribal office (IGAP, ICWA, etc.), a post office, a community center, a tribal transit center, and a health clinic located in the village. 

Throughout the year, the community holds several traditional potlatches and events. The tribe and community members also sponsor Native Youth Olympics for the local youth athletes. Occasionally there are community basketball tournaments, Spring/Summer Carnivals, and grand opening events. The tribe also sponsors cultural events like skin sewing nights, beading, or other cultural beneficial projects. 

Narrative and photos provided by Elizabeth Willis, Environmental Coordinator for Stony River Traditional Council.

Photos of Stony River


For a list of current contacts in Stony River, contact the Tribal office at (907) 537-3258. 

Gusty Michael School: (907) 537-3225

Stony River Health Clinic: (907) 537-3228

Stony River Post Office: (907) 537-3255

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