The average house size in the village was about the size of typical one-roomed cabins.In 1909, Kiana became a key supply post for placer mines along the Squirrel River. Before the post office was built, mail came only once a month.The region is trying to get the language back, and Rosetta Stone and the Inupiaq Language Commission are helping this effort.Kiana is incorporated as a second-class city under the laws of the State of Alaska, and is within the boundaries of the Northwest Arctic Borough.There are daily scheduled passenger flights to Kotzebue, Selawik and Noorvik.Some flights that go to the upriver villages like Ambler, Shungnak and Kobuk will stop in Kiana for pick up or drop off if needed.Kiana was founded several centuries ago as the central village of the Kobuk River Kowagmiut Iñupiat Eskimos.Before Kiana became a village, the Inupiat Eskimos tended to travel with the animal herds, constantly hunting for meat and furs.
Air – The Bob Baker Memorial Airport, a 3,400′ long by 100′ wide lighted gravel runway, is one of 256 airports owned and maintained by State of Alaska Department of Transportaion & Public Facilities, as part of the largest aviation system in North America.
There is also evidence of climate change occurring in the past 50 years.
Evidence of rising temperatures each month, and increased precipitation (except July) has also been recorded.
In the 1800s, the Inupiaqs of Kiana lived all along the Kobuk River.
They moved to where there was an abundance of animals and fish and lived in sod houses.