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Remote Alaska Enumeration
U.S. Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt conducts the first interviews of Census 2000 in Unalakleet, AK. Unalakleet is a small village of about 700 people 148 miles southeast of Nome and 400 miles northwest of Anchorage. The night before the enumeration began, residents of the village, which sits at the mouth of the Unalakleet River, near the Nulato Hills, welcomed Prewitt with a town celebration, which included native food and dancers.
Alaska's sparsely settled areas are traditionally the first to be counted. The early start allows census takers to reach remote villages while the frozen ground allows access by bush plane, dogsled and snowmobile. They also must reach residents before they to hunt and fish or travel for warm-weather jobs following the spring thaw.