Native Village of Deering Jail

Native Village of Deering Jail Information

Deering, Alaska, a small village located on the Seward Peninsula, is home to Inupiaq residents. This remote community, with a population of around 100, relies on subsistence activities such as hunting, fishing, and gathering to sustain their traditional way of life. The village is isolated, accessible mainly by air and water, and endures a harsh Arctic climate. Despite these challenges, Deering's residents are dedicated to preserving their cultural heritage. The community serves as an example of the resilience and deep connection between indigenous people and their Arctic environment.

Tribe: Native Village of Deering

Phone: 907-363-2138

Physical Address:
Native Village of Deering Jail
1001 Shore Avenue
Deering, AK 99736

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Native Village of Deering Jail
P.O. Box 36089
Deering, AK 99736

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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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