“We want to approach our communities from a place of empathy, not sympathy. Empathy requires respect, and a commitment to learning. If we want to build trust and support community resilience, we must continuously learn about the traditional models and values that guide the Alaska Native healing process.” – Melanie, Interim Director of Program Services
Nulato is located on the west bank of the Yukon River, 35 miles west of Galena, and 310 air miles west of Fairbanks. It lies in the Nulato Hills across the river from the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge. Falling within the continental climate zone, Nulato is characterized by extreme temperature differences of extremely cold winters and warm summers. The current population is 206 (2018).
Nulato, traditionally Noolaaghe Doh (Denaakk’e (Koyukon)), is predominately a Koyukon Athabascans village reliant on trapping and subsistence. Historically, the Koyukon Athabascans had spring, fall, and winter camps that moved as the wild game migrated. There were 12 summer fish camps located on the Yukon River between the Koykuk and Nowitna Rivers. Nulato was the trading site between Athabascans and Inupiat from the Kobuk area.