Aleutians West Census Area
census area is up for adoption...
Communities [population in brackets]:
|Saint George 
||Saint Paul 
Located in southwestern Alaska, the
Aleutians West Census Area is one of the most extensive and remote regions
in the state. It consists of the western half of the Aleutian Island
chain, and extends north to the Pribolof Islands in the Bering Sea. It has
no organized borough government. In 2003, it had an estimated resident
population of 5,420.The Unangan, known since the Russian era as "Aleuts,"
originally inhabited the Aleutians Islands. The Native village of Nikolski
may be the oldest continuously occupied community in the world and still
relies heavily on subsistence wild foods. Unalaska is also a former Native
village and a World War II army base.
The Aleutian Islands became a theatre of
battle in World War II with an attack by the Japanese on Unalaska on June
3, 1942 and the Japanese occupation of Kiska and Attu islands. Some Aleuts
were taken prisoner by the Japanese; most other Aleut residents were
evacuated and interned in Southeast Alaska for the duration of the war.
Adak became the base of operations for a U.S. offensive on the
Japanese-held islands of Kiska and Attu, and after the war was developed
as a naval air station which played a part in the Cold War as a submarine
surveillance center. The naval air station was closed in 1997.
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