Native Village of Elim Jail

Native Village of Elim Jail Information

Elim is a remote village in western Alaska, situated on the Seward Peninsula. With a population of approximately 330 people, it's a small community in the Nome Census Area. The majority of residents are of Inupiaq Eskimo heritage, and their way of life centers around subsistence hunting, fishing, and gathering. Isolation and harsh weather conditions are common challenges in Elim. The village takes pride in its cultural heritage, emphasizing the preservation of the Inupiaq language and traditions. Elim is known for its beautiful natural surroundings, and its residents maintain a strong connection to their indigenous roots, focusing on community and heritage.

Tribe: Native Village of Elim

Phone: 907-890-3737

Physical Address:
Native Village of Elim Jail
Elim Ira office Complex I
Elim, AK 99739

Mailing Address (personal mail):
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Native Village of Elim Jail
P.O. Box 39070
Elim, AK 99739

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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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