THE ONLY INDIAN RESERVE IN THE STATE OF ALASKA

WELCOME TO METLAKATLA, ALASKA

The Metlakatla Indian Community (MIC) is located on Annette Islands, it is the only Indian Reserve in the State of Alaska. The Reserve is 20 miles south of Ketchikan, Alaska and typically reached by seaplane, boat or ferry. The economy of Metlakatla is principally tied to fishing, seafood processing, services, tourism and forest products. The current population is 1460 according to the 2010 U.S. Census, and at that time there were 540 housing units in the community. At last count that number has since risen to just under 600 housing units.

The Metlakatla Indian Community, Annette Islands Reserve (AIR), exists by the authority of the Constitution and By-laws of the MIC as approved on August 23, 1944 by the Secretary of Interior and MIC, as an Indian Tribe organized under provisions of the Indian Reorganization Act. AIR is held in trust by the United States for the benefit of MIC, the Secretary of Interior has delegated responsibility to MIC to prescribe rules and regulations governing the use of Annette Island Reserve.

The MIC Tribal Council conducts the legislative function of the city, approves budget, plans for capital improvements, approves major land transactions, and more. Tribal Council meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month.

Metlakatla Fishing Boat

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OUR MISSION

The mission of the Metlakatla Indian Community is to improve the lives of our members, and preserve our heritage and culture, through effective self-governance, a commitment to self-sufficiency, and the exercise and strengthening of our tribal sovereignty; we encourage progress while honoring our ancestors, and protecting our land and water for future generations; we promote sustainability by utilizing and respecting our natural resources, developing economic and social opportunities for our members, and implementing efficient and effective systems of governance to enhance our members’ safety, health, and welfare. The Council and tribal executives are dedicated to governing the affairs of the Annette Islands Reserve acting under the authority of our Constitution, ordinances, and policies to fulfill this mission.

DISCOVER THE WAYS OF

OUR CULTURE

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    TRADITIONS

    for the Generations to Come

    Our traditions hold great value, both in preserving our culture but also in honoring those who came before us.
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    HISTORY

    A Past Like No Other

    "Metlakatla" or Maxłaxaała was founded in 1887, under the leadership of Anglican missionary William Duncan.
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    LANGUAGE

    Keeping It Alive & Well

    Learn about the Sm'algyax language and how the Haayk Foundation is working to keep the language alive.
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    TOURISM

    Sharing Our Traditions

    Metlakatla invites you to their land to redefine what it means to celebrate their way of life and culture.

PRESERVING OUR

CLIMATE & RESOURCES

As a community, we are working to preserve our climate and energy through continual awareness of our precious resources.

This includes saving water, recycling and reducing energy utilization. Please check our current energy levels regularly and familiarize yourself and your home per our emergency diagram.