Native Village of Chitina Jail

Native Village of Chitina Jail Information

Chitina, Alaska, a small town located in the heart of the Copper River Valley, is steeped in Alaskan wilderness and history. Originally founded as a Native fish camp, it later became a transportation and supply center for the copper mining industry. Today, it serves as a gateway to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, offering visitors access to rugged landscapes and outdoor adventures. With a population of under 100 people, Chitina is a close-knit community focused on subsistence activities and tourism. Its unique blend of natural beauty and historical significance makes it an intriguing destination for those seeking an authentic Alaskan experience.

Tribe: Native Village of Chitina

Phone: 907-823-2215

Physical Address:
Native Village of Chitina Jail
Mile 34.5 Edgerton Highway
Chitina, AK 99566

Mailing Address (personal mail):
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Native Village of Chitina Jail
P.O. Box 31
Chitina, AK 99566

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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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