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Metlakatla Remains on DST

The Metlakatla Indian Community (MIC) in southern Alaska has decided to stop changing its clocks together with the rest of the US state.

Update 2: DST Return Date Changed

Updated 22-Jan-2019

Metlakatla voted to reverse their prior decision mentioned in the update below. The time change was on January 20, 2019 instead of on November 3, as stated below.

Update 1: DST Returns to Metlakatla in 2019

Updated 17-Dec-2018

The Metlakatla Indian Community just announced that it will start changing its clocks again in November 2019. The island community currently observes Pacific Standard Time, which has the same UTC offset (UTC-8) as Alaska Daylight Time. Because of this, clocks will not change in Metlakatla on March 10, 2019, as the rest of Alaska turns the clocks forward by 1 hour to enter the Daylight Saving Time (DST) period. Instead, the next time change in Metlakatla will be on November 3, as DST ends in most of the United States and clocks go back by 1 hour.

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Native American totem near Metlakatla


PST All Year

According to an official announcement issued on November 2, 2018, clocks in Metlakatla and the surrounding land were not turned back by 1 hour on November 4 as Daylight Saving Time (DST) ended in Alaska and much of North America. Metlakatla will now permanently observe Pacific Standard Time, which is 8 hours behind UTC.

Most of Alaska observes Alaska Standard Time (UTC-9) as standard time and Alaska Daylight Time (UTC-8) during the DST period.

1 Hour Difference During Standard Time

During the North American standard time period, which lasts from the first Sunday in November until the second Sunday in March, this decision places Metlakatla in the same time zone as the neighboring Canadian province of British Columbia, creating a time difference of 1 hour between Metlakatla and most of Alaska.

When DST is active in North America, Metlakatla will observe the same time as most regions in the state, and it will be one hour behind British Columbia.

Reverses 2015 Decision

This is the second time in the space of three years that Metlakatla has tampered with its time zone. In 2015, the community had decided to join most of Alaska in changing its clocks between Alaska Standard Time (AKST) and Alaska Daylight Time (AKDT). This year's change reverses that decision.