Native Village of Ekwok Jail

Native Village of Ekwok Jail Information

Ekwok, Alaska, is a remote village located in southwestern Alaska along the Ekwok River. It has a small population of around 115 residents, predominantly of Alutiiq and Yup'ik Eskimo heritage. The village relies on subsistence activities like fishing, hunting, and gathering for sustenance. Ekwok faces isolation and challenging weather conditions. The community is dedicated to preserving its indigenous culture, including the Alutiiq and Yup'ik languages. The region offers stunning natural beauty and a way of life deeply connected to its native roots.

Tribe: Native Village of Ekwok [previously listed as Ekwok Village]

Phone: 907-464-3336

Physical Address:
Native Village of Ekwok Jail
70 Main Stree
Ekwok, AK 99580

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Native Village of Ekwok Jail
P.O. Box 70
Ekwok, AK 99580

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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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