Native Village of Fort Yukon Jail

Native Village of Fort Yukon Jail Information

Fort Yukon is a village located in Alaska, near the confluence of the Yukon and Porcupine Rivers. Established as a fur trading post in the 1840s, it is now a small, remote community with a population of approximately 550 residents. Fort Yukon experiences extreme weather conditions, with long, harsh winters and short, warm summers. The village is culturally significant to the Gwich'in people and serves as a transportation hub for the region. It's a place where residents engage in traditional subsistence activities like hunting, fishing, and trapping. The town also hosts annual events like the Yukon 800, a boat race on the river.

Tribe: Native Village of Fort Yukon

Phone: 907-662-2581

Physical Address:
Native Village of Fort Yukon Jail
3rd & Alder Street
Fort Yukon, AK 99740

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Native Village of Fort Yukon Jail
P.O. Box 126
Fort Yukon, AK 99740

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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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