Nuiqsut is located on the Colville River Delta, 136 miles southeast of Barrow. The Colville River Delta is a traditional gathering place for the Iñupiat, and is an excellent place to hunt and fish. During the early 20th century, Christian missionaries were introduced to the Barrow region. This movement, along with the emergence of healthcare services and schools provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, prompted the Iñupiat from Nuiqsut to immigrate to Barrow. In 1973, 27 Iñupiat families moved back to Nuiqsut from Barrow, and lived in tents braving the elements for over 18 months. In 1974, the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation funded construction of the village. Nuiqsut was incorporated as a second class city in 1975. Today there are 400 residents who call Nuiqsut home.

Kuukpik Village Corporation is the village corporation established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Act of 1971. Kuukpik Corporation owns approximately 146,000 acres of surface lands in and around the community. The Alpine Oilfield is eight miles from the village of Nuiqsut and a portion of the oilfield is on lands owned by Kuukpik Corporation and ASRC. Production from the Alpine oilfield began in 2001.


City of Nuiqsut
P.O. Box 148
Nuiqsut, AK 99789
Phone 907-480-6727

Kuukpik Corporation
P.O. Box 187
Nuiqsut, AK 99789
Phone 907-480-6220

Native Village of Nuiqsut
P.O. Box 169
Nuiqsut, AK 99789
Phone 907-480-3010

PO BOX 129 BARROW AK 99723 (907) 852-8633