The Upper Tanana people live right next to the Yukon/Alaska border and ensure that their connections to relatives across the border remain strong. There are also Northern Tutchone
people living in this area. The original village sites were at Snag
and Scotty Creek
, not at modern day Beaver Creek
where the White River First Nation
is based today. After the building of the Alaska Highway
in 1942 by the Americans to provide a route from Alaska to the United States, many Yukon First Nations were relocated to new towns and villages along the highway.