Mentasta Traditional Council Jail

Mentasta Traditional Council Jail Information

Located in Alaska's Valdez-Cordova Census Area lies the Mentasta Traditional Council. This group of people has been officially acknowledged by the United States government. Families have settled around Mentasta Lake from neighboring communities like Batzulnetas and Suslota and Slana.

Tribe: Mentasta Traditional Council

Phone: 907-291-2319

Physical Address:
Mentasta Traditional Council Jail
Mile 6 Mentasta Spur Road
Mentasta, AK 99780

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Mentasta Traditional Council Jail
P.O. Box 6019
Mentasta, AK 99780-6019

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Understanding US Bureau of Indian Affairs

Because the legal system in ‘Indian Country’ operates outside of the legal jurisdiction of the cities, counties and states where the individual Indian Reservations are located, and the land is wholly owned and governed by the Tribes, the jails and detention centers on those lands are maintained and run by the individual Tribes. The police that provide the security and enforce the laws and the courts that mete out justice are also controlled by the individual Tribes.

There are over 90 jails and detention centers throughout Indian Country, of which, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services (OJS) staffs and operates a quarter of these facilities. The remainder are operated by Tribes through the PL 93-638, Self-Governance Compacts and a few are fully funded and operated by a tribe. Each jail is unique in operation and location.

Indian Reservation and Tribal laws also fall under the legal jurisdiction of the federal government. If a federal law has been broken, the Department of Justice may get involved. In that case, a convicted person from a crime committed on Indian Lands may be required to serve their time within the BOP (Federal Bureau of Prisons).

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