Native Village of South Naknek
About Native Village of South Naknek
The office Federally Recognized Tribal name is South Naknek Village however we operate as The Native Village of South Naknek with the South Naknek Village Council as it's governing body. In accordance with the long-standing Federal policy of supporting Indian self-determination as expressed in the Indian Self-Determination Act, as amended Public Law 93-638; Tribal Government promotes the sovereignty of federally recognized Tribes.
South Naknek (Qinuyang) in Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska, United States. Young residents of South Naknek attend high school at Bristol Bay High School, in Naknek, Alaska. Naknek is located on the opposite side of the river. There is no bridge connecting the two towns, so school-children must be flown across the river at the beginning and the end of the school day.
This area was first settled over 6,000 years ago and was historically Sugpiaq Alutiiq territory. The Sugpiaqs traveled between Katmai and the Naknek River, pursuing seasonal food sources. South Naknek was settled permanently after the turn of the century as a result of salmon cannery development. Some villagers relocated from New and Old Savonoski, near the "Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes." This is one of the many villages along the coast where Sami were brought in to herd reindeer. The herds were purchased in the 1930s by the BIA for the local Native economy.
Commercial fishing and salmon processing are the mainstays of South Naknek's economy. In 2010, 24 residents held commercial fishing permits. Seafood processing companies operate in the vicinity.