On the banks of the Norton Bay, about 100 miles southeast of Nome along
the Iditarod trail, there exists a village of 350 people .
Elim is set along the northern shore of the Norton Bay. The only way
to get to the village is by air and water in summer months and air and
snowmachine during winter. No inter-city road system connects the
village to any other town, though trails exist for smaller vehicles to
travel to nearby communities. The Aniguiin Elim School serves about 100
students K-12 and employs 23 staff members. The Elim Native Store
serves the communities grocery needs, while Johnny’s Corner also
provides many goods for shoppers. The land is owned the the people of
Elim Native Cooperation. The village is a second class City of Elim run
by an elected board. The people have a governing body called the IRA
Council. The people live off the land: fishing, caribou, moose, game,
crabbing, whaling, walrus, greens, gardening, salmon
berries,blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries are just a few of the
gathered resources available for subsistence-style living.
Unemployment is a problem in the city, with the only major employers
being the school, the stores, two airlines, and local maintenance. More
jobs are open during the summer for commercial fishing.