Old Harbor is an Alutiiq village on Kodiak Island, Alaska approximately 40 air miles from the City of Kodiak on the southeast side of the Island. Old Harbor is one of the Island's six Alutiiq villages and is primarily inhabited by an Alutiiq population. Old Harbor residents enjoy sharing Kodiak Island's beautiful lands with visitors and their hospitality is legendary. Visitors find residents to be warm, generous, and sincere. Today, the community of Old Harbor has a modern airstrip, a harbor for its fishing fleet and the modern amenities of water, sewer, electricity, internet, satellite, and cellular services.
The economy historically is based on commercial fishing and is supplemented by ecotourism today. Sport fishing guides, three lodges and several bed and breakfasts are some of the businesses that have been developed to serve visitors from all over the world interested in a wilderness experience. The protected waters of Sitkalidak Strait, which borders Old Harbor, is home to abundant species of fish including salmon, herring, halibut and cod harvested by commercial and sports fishermen as well as subsistence use.
Whales that migrate through the area include humpbacks, orcas, fin and gray whales. Puffins and many other birds arrive in the spring, having flown thousands of miles to nest in rocky island nooks throughout the archipelago. And it is home to the world famous Kodiak Brown Bear.
Families continue a tradition of subsistence hunting and fishing in the village. Many residents smoke, dry and pickle fish, harvest berries, gather sea gull eggs, kelp, shellfish, sea urchins and octopus, and hunt for ducks, ptarmigan, goat, deer, seal and sea lion. Relatives and friends return in the fall to subsistence hunt and fish.
In the past 15 years, many of the community's Alutiiq descent have been experiencing a resurgence of pride in their culture. Old Harbor has an active Native Dance Group, the Nuniaq Alutiiq Dancers, which perform locally and travel to share their culture. Similarly, many residents and former residents are respected and accomplished artists. At Old Harbor's public school there is an annual Alutiiq Week celebration where students learn and practice cultural skills. Additionally, Native arts and crafts are made at throughout the community, the Alutiiq language is taught at the school through the Alutiiq Museum's Language Revitalization program, and Nuniaq cultural camp is held on Sitkalidak Island every summer.
Old Harbor is unique in its blending of older Sugpiaq traditions, the Orthodox Christian Religion, and a strong subsistence based lifestyle with newer influences from modern American society. Many friends and relatives return for Annual Festivities such as Independence and Labor Day celebrations and Orthodox Christian festivities at Christmas, New Years and Easter, which are celebrated on the Julian calendar. Others return home to fill their freezers by subsistence hunting and fishing in the fall months.
These community activities reflect the work of the Old Harbor Native Corporation, the Alutiiq Tribe of Old Harbor, and the City of Old Harbor, who collaborate to unite the community for a healthy future. These leading community organizations enhance community life by preserving the culture and the land, and providing opportunities for community members to continue to thrive in their traditional Alutiiq home.
How do I notify OHNC of a name change?
If a shareholder has a legal name change, he or she should submit written notification of the name change with a copy of the legal document authorizing the change (e.g. marriage certificate, divorce decree specifically restoring former name, adoption decree, etc.) to the OHNC office.
How do I obtain direct deposit?
Direct Deposit information can be obtained by calling the Old Harbor Native Corporation offices. Or visit the Direct Deposit Information Page.
Are there other resources for help when a loved one dies?
You should also contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Social Services in Juneau, Alaska toll-free at (800) 645-8397.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
3601 C Street, Suite 1100
Anchorage AK 99503
Or visit their website
Whom do I contact for Certificate of Indian Blood?
To obtain a Certificate of Indian Blood, contact
Bureau of Indian Affairs
3601 C Street, Suite 1100
Anchorage, Alaska, 99503
Telephone (907) 271-4084
Fax (907) 271-4090
Shareholders may request that their enrollment number and the corporation where they are enrolled be included on the certificate. Alaska Native children and persons not on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) roll may also request a Certificate of Indian Blood. The request must be accompanied by a copy of a birth certificate.
How do I notify OHNC of an address change?
Shareholders may submit a written notification to the OHNC, 2702 Denali Street, Suite 100 Anchorage, Alaska 99503. It must be signed by the shareholder and include the shareholder's name, new address, telephone number, birth date, and social security number.
How do I become an OHNC member or shareholder? How can my child or grandchild become a member or shareholder?
Native corporation stock cannot be sold and enrollment to the corporation closed in the 1970s. Today, the only way to become a shareholder is to receive stock through inheritance or as a gift from an OHNC shareholder. For a gifting packet, contact
Old Harbor Native Corporation
2702 Denali Street, Suite 100 Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Below are some of our local businesses in Old Harbor, Alaska. If you have a business that you would like to have listed, please contact our office. Quyanaa!
Big Creek Supplies & Movies
Big Creek Supplies & Movies is a convenience store located at 101 W Marine Way Old Harbor, Alaska. They provide general grocery items, movie rentals and tobacco products.
Jeff Peterson founded Kodiak Combos over 20 years ago. He is a US Coast Guard licensed and insured captain, licensed big game transporter, licensed fishing guide, registered migratory bird guide with over twenty 20 years of professional service in the industry. He was born and raised on Kodiak Island in the village of Old Harbor. Growing up on his father’s fishing boat and owning his first boat at the age of 13 makes him one of the most experienced charter skippers on the island. A former US Marine, Jeff understands the importance of being on time and providing you with a top notch service.. He resides on the island and works on the waters year-round, giving you unequal fishing results. Jeff operates the C/V Fishy Fishy. Your fish and game is handled with care from the time it hits the deck to the time it is vacuum packed and frozen, providing quality fillets and packages of meat for your family to enjoy.
Kodiak Sportsman's Lodge
Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge is a Kodiak Alaska fishing and hunting lodge located on the southeast side of Kodiak Island in Old Harbor, Alaska. The lodge is nestled behind Sitkalidak Island and was rated the number one fishery in protected waters. We have the best Salmon and Halibut fishing in the world…period! A bold statement but it is true. The waters are filthy rich in candlefish, herring and other bait fish which creates a very productive area for trophy Kings, Silvers, Halibut and Ling Cod. Along with our Kodiak Alaska fishing lodge, we own 4 of the 6 sports fishing boats operated in a 30 mile stretch of protected waters. Where is the best spot for Kodiak deer hunting? Located on the south side of Kodiak Island is the remote native village of Old Harbor. Old Harbor boasts some of the best Sitka Black Tail deer populations in Alaska. Sitka Black Tail is one of the smallest species of the deer family that thrives on Kodiak Island.
Larionoff's Gas Station
Local gas station providing gas and vehicle repair services to residents and visitors of Old Harbor.
Mountain View Guest House
Mountain View Guest House is a very beautiful retreat not too far out of town with a great view and good company. There are a total of four guest bedrooms, three of which have queen size beds and one with two singles. All meals and vehicle transportation are provided.
Nuniaq Food Market
A local food market, located across from the boat harbor. Nuniaq Food Market provides general grocery items, convenient foods, fishing pole & kayak rentals, hunting and fishing license and local registration permits. Recently, they begin providing fresh eggs from a local chicken farm. Soon to come - fresh locally grown produce!
Ocean View Lodge
The lodge is situated on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Sitkalidak Straits. We are a family-owned and operated business. Our charter-boat operators are USCG licensed and have a lifetime of commercial fishing experience. Our operators know the waters that surround Kodiak Island and exactly where to find the fish. Our goal is to provide you with the best experience during your stay with us. Whether it is out on one of our boats or at our lodge, we are here to serve you. Our lodge offers modern accommodations ensuring you’re always comfortable. A trip to Ocean View Lodge is more than a fishing excursion. It is an adventure that creates warm memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Smoken' Crows Nest
Smoken' Crows Nest is a local convenient store providing tobacco products, vaping supplies, energy drinks, sweaters, and more.
Old Harbor Scholarship Foundation
The Old Harbor Scholarship Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation, was established to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships for post-secondary education and financial support to youth participating in extracurricular educational and cultural programs. These programs are available to OHNC shareholders, lineal descendants and their dependents. In addition, the Foundation supports the Old Harbor Imagination Library. The Imagination Library program sends age appropriate books monthly to children ages 0-5 years old to enhance early childhood literacy and development.
Old Harbor Alliance
The Old Harbor Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, was established by community leaders to provide educational programs & projects that bring residents together to build a healthy community. The Old Harbor Alliance, through support of various grants and private donations, has organized and sponsored Nuniaq Alutiiq Camp as well as Family Gatherings, Alutiiq Traditional Dancing and Cultural workshops in Old Harbor. They are working towards building capacity and programs that foster a healthy community with strong leaders for all generations.
Alutiiq Tribe of Old Harbor
The Alutiiq Tribe of Old Harbor is a federally recognized Tribe located in Old Harbor, Alaska and was established in 1968. The Tribe provides programs in Old Harbor that include Food Distribution, Preschool, Scholarship Funds, Fishing and Hunting licenses, Recycling, Indian Environmental General Assistance, Indian Child Welfare Act, Environment Department, and Roads and Transportation Department.
Kodiak Area Native Association
The Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation providing health care and social services for the Alaska Natives and our communities throughout the Koniag region. They have been providing resources for improved health and wellbeing for generations since 1966, including Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health, and Community Service Programs to serve the communities of the City of Kodiak, Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, Port Lions, and Larsen Bay. They believe that healthy individuals live in healthy communities, and have prioritized offering resources accordingly to elevate the quality of life of those we serve.
Alutiiq Heritage Foundation – Alutiiq Museum
The Alutiiq Museum is a public, non-profit organization (501[c]3 and 509[a]) governed by the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation. The Alutiiq Museum grew from the Kodiak Area Native Association's Culture and Heritage Division (KANA). In 1987, the KANA board of directors resolved that the exploration and celebration of Native culture was essential to the well-being of Alutiiq communities. To support and share cultural learning, KANA established island-wide programs to teach Alutiiq arts, study the Alutiiq language, and investigate Alutiiq history, with the vision of one day developing a museum for the Alutiiq people. The Alutiiq Museum opened to the public on May 13, 1995 under the governance of the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation. A representative from KANA and each of Kodiak's ANCSA corporations formed the board of directors. Collections from KANA's cultural center were moved to the new building and became the foundation for the museum's exhibits, programs, events, and publications.