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Copper River Native Association delivers a variety of programs and services that promote the wellness of the people who call the Copper River Basin home.  We offer primary medical care, behavioral health, and dental care services.  We also operated Elders home services and congregate meals, employment and training services, public safety, and other special programs for tribal members that reside in our service area.  CRNA is expanding its services to ensure residents have convenient and timely access to the services they need to thrive.  Our goal is to continue to expand our services to meet the needs of every resident.

Regional Description

The Copper River Valley Basin covers over 20,000 square miles and is surrounded by the Alaska and Talkeetna Mountain ranges to the north. Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge and Canada to the east. Thompson Pass in the Chugach Range to the south. Matanuska-Susitna Borough to the west. This region includes the Wrangell and Saint Elias Mountain Range, which has nine of the sixteen highest mountain peaks in North America. The Copper River rises out of the Copper Glacier, which lies on the northeast side of Mount Wrangell, in the Wrangell Mountains, within Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park. It begins by flowing almost due north in a valley that lies on the east side of Mount Sanford, and then turns west, forming the northwest edge of the Wrangell Mountains and separating them from the Mentasta Mountains to the northeast. It continues to turn southeast, through a wide marshy plain to Chitina, where it is joined from the southeast by the Chitina River. The Copper River is over 280 miles long. It drops an average of about 12 feet per mile and drains a total of 24,000 square miles, an area the size of West Virginia. The river has 13 major tributaries and runs at an average of 7 miles per hour. It is a mile wide at the Copper River Delta, near Cordova. Downstream from its confluence with the Chitina it flows southwest, passing through a narrow glacier-lined gap in the Chugach Mountains east of Cordova Peak. There is an extensive area of sand dunes between the Copper and Bremner Rivers. Both Miles Glacier and Child's Glacier calve directly into the river. The Copper enters the Gulf of Alaska approximately 30 miles southeast of Cordova.
The Ahtna Athabaskan people, who have been in the Copper River basin for 5,000 to 7,000 years.

  • The Native Village of Kluti Kaah (NVKK) is located at the confluence of the Copper and Klutina Rivers in the Ahtna region of Alaska. Kluti Kaah means two rivers meet (Glacier & Clear). The village lies at mile 103 on the Richardson Highway. NVKK is a federally recognized Tribe, and the Kluti Kaah Village Council is the governing body for the village.
  • The Native Village of Tazlina (NVT) is located at the confluence of the Copper and Tazlina Rivers in the Ahtna region of Alaska. Tazlina means Swift Water. The village lies at mile 110.5 on the Richardson Highway. NVT is a federally recognized Tribe, and the Tazlina Village Council is the governing body for the village.
  • The Native Village of Gulkana (NVGL) is located at the confluence of the Copper and Gulkana Rivers in the Ahtna region of Alaska. Gulkana means tearing River. The village lies at mile 126.5 on the Richardson Highway. NVGL is a federally recognized Tribe, and the Gulkana Village Council is the governing body for the village.
  • The Native Village of Gakona (NVG) is located at the confluence of the Copper and Gakona Rivers in the Ahtna region of Alaska. Gakona means Rabbit River. The village lies at mile 4.8 on the Tok Cutoff just east of the Richardson Highway. NVG is a federally recognized Tribe, and the Gakona Village Council is the governing body for the village
  • The Cheesh'na Tribal Council (CTC) is located at the confluence of the Copper and Chistochina Rivers in the Ahtna region of Alaska. Cheeshna means blue ocher River. The village lies at mile 32 on the Tok Cutoff just east of the Richardson Highway. CTC is a federally recognized Tribe, and the Cheeshna Village Council is the governing body for the village.
  • The Mentasta Traditional Council (MTC) is located at the confluence of the Copper and Nebesna Rivers and Mentasta Lake in the Ahtna region of Alaska. Mentasta means shallow lake. The village lies at mile 82 on the Tok Cutoff just east of the Richardson Highway. MTC is a federally recognized Tribe, and the Mentasta Village Council is the governing body for the village.
  • The Native Village of Chitina (NVCT) is located at the confluence of the Copper and Chitina Rivers in the Ahtna region of Alaska. Chitina means copper River. The village lies at mile 48 on the Edgerton Cutoff just east of the Richardson Highway. NVCT is a federally recognized Tribe, and the Chitina Village Council is the governing body for the village.
  • The Native Village of Cantwell (NVCW) is located at the confluence of the Jack and Nenana Rivers in the Ahtna region of Alaska. Cantwell is named after Lieutenant J.C. Cantwell, military explorer and commander of revenue steamer “Corwin" on the Yukon River. The village lies at mile 210 on the Parks Highway. NVCW is a federally recognized Tribe, and the Cantwell Village Council is the governing body for the village.
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Contact Information

Director Katherine McConkey
P O Box H
Copper Center, Alaska 99573
Phone (907) 822-5241
Fax (907) 822-8801
Email : info@crnative.org