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    Kobuk Valley

    National Park Alaska

Construction to Begin in July 2008 on the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center

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News Release Date: June 1, 2008

After seven years of discussion and planning, those efforts are coming to fruition. In July 2008 the Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation (UIC Construction) will begin construction of the National Park Service Northwest Arctic Heritage Center. When completed, the 12,350 square foot building will offer people of the region and visitors from around the world a high quality interpretive experience of the natural and cultural history of the area, a variety of educational programs, Inupiaq dances, and personal administrative services.

Follow the progress as the center takes form during construction.

Did You Know?

Image of 10 caribou swim across a river with a background of mountains and trees just starting to gold in autumn.

Caribou have been hunted in the same spot at Onion Portage for the last 9000 years. This site in Kobuk Valley National Park is now a National Historic Landmark. Local area residents still hunt caribou here during the animals’ southward migration in the fall.