in the Bethel Census Area
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- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (sleet' myoot)
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Facilities and Amenities
Geography and Climate
- Sleetmute is located on the east bank of the Kuskokwim River, 1.5 miles north of its junction with the Holitna River. It lies 79 miles east of Aniak, 166 miles northeast of Bethel, and 243 miles west of Anchorage.
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- The climate in Sleetmute is continental, with temperatures ranging from -58 to 90 °F. Annual snowfall averages 85 inches, with total precipitation of 22 inches. High winds often cause flight delays in the fall and winter. The Kuskokwim is ice-free from mid-June through October.
History and Culture
- Sleetmute was founded by Ingalik Natives. The name means "whetstone people," referring to the slate deposits found nearby. The village has also been known as Sikmiut, Steelmut, and Steitmute. In the early 1830s, the Russians built a trading post at the Holitna River junction 1.5 miles away, but it was relocated farther downriver in 1841. Frederick Bishop started a trading post at Sleetmute in 1906. A school opened in 1921, followed by a post office in 1923. A Russian Orthodox church, the Saints Peter and Paul Mission, was constructed in 1931.
- Sleetmute is an Ingalik Native village, and subsistence activities contribute substantially to local diets.
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- Central Yup'ik
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- Village of Sleetmute
- The Kuskokwim River provides barges and boat transportation in the summer. Snow machines are used on the frozen river in the winter. The gravel airstrip is owned and maintained by the state. Scheduled weekday service is provided.
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- Road Connection