Native Village of Port Lions

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The Native Village of Port Lions (NVOPL), is a federally recognized Tribe, and was established in August, 1978 with a base roll of 225 members.  Membership has grown steadily and is currently over 300.  The Port Lions Traditional Tribal Council (PLTTC) is the traditional governing body of the village.  Services provided for the Tribal members and our community includes Health, Education/Pre-school, Child Protection, Alutiiq Dance, Traditional Arts-n-Crafts, Welfare Assistance, Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Transportation, Family Activities and Recreation, Senior Citizens Meals, Fuel services, Scholarships, and Burial Assistance.


Our village is located in Settlers Cove near the mouth of Kizhuyak Bay on the north coast of Kodiak Island at
approximately 57 degrees, 52 minutes North; 157 degrees 53 minutes west. We are located approximately 19 air miles west of Kodiak and 249 air miles southwest of Anchorage. Port Lions is contained within the boundaries of Koniag Regional Corporation and Kodiak Island Borough. We are accessible by air and water; there are no roads connecting the village with any other villages in the area.  The City owned docking facilities enable residents to use fishing boats and other types of vessels for transportation.  The Alaska Marine Highway ferry, Tustumena, provides service to the village twice a week.  A 2,600-foot gravel airstrip is located approximately 1.5 miles north of the village. Seaplanes can land on the sheltered waters of Settlers Cove in front of the main town site.


The climate of Kodiak archipelago is dominated by a strong marine influence. Temperatures remain with in a range of 20 to 60 degrees. Annual precipitation is 54 inches, with 75 inches of snowfall. The prevailing wind direction is northeasterly; gusts of over 50 knots have been recorded in every month of the year but occur most frequently in the winter months. In the winter there is alternative freezing weather and precipitation, with severe storms commonly occurring from December through February. Summers are characterized by moderate precipitation, frequent cloud cover, occasional fog, and cool to warm temperatures.


Community Vision

We are a small, healthy rural community that is a safe place to live where our children enjoy growing, learning and want to stay. We enjoy the peace and challenges of our beautiful, clean environment, while maintaining a subsistence lifestyle, balanced with the modern changing world. We take pride in our history and cultures. We have sound economic infrastructures, resources and education. We are a community where families and friendships flourish through caring, trust and mutual respect.

Community Values


Humor and Faith

Strong infrastructure and resources

Improved local education, jobs, training programs and economic opportunities

 Good, strong working relationships

 Maintain good health

 Community caring, trust and respect

 Maintain rural status and accessibility

 Beautiful, healthy, clean environment

Traditional way of life while encouraging progress

Pride in our culture, heritage, history and language

Protected subsistence

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