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We are the Taa’tl’aa Denaé (Headwater People) of Chistochina and Mentasta, located in eastern south-central Alaska.

Region mapChistochina is located on the Tok Cutoff of the Glenn Highway, 42 miles northwest of Glennallen, the closest town with amenities.  The village is surrounded by Sinona Creek, Boulder Creek, Chistochina River, and Copper River. 

Mentasta is located six miles off the Tok-Slana Cutoff of the Tok Cutoff on the west side of the Mentasta Pass, 38 miles southwest of Tok Junction, the closest town with amenities. 

Batzulnetas Slana and Nabesna are located about half way between Mentasta and Chistochina.  The combined population of the area is about 250 people.  The median age for males is 22 and for females, 17, indicating a high percentage of young people in the region. 

 

The economy of the area is mainly subsistence, with cash employment being limited and seasonal, and consisting mostly of fire fighting, highway maintenance and construction.  The schools and tribe employ a few residents.

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