Native Village of Gambell Jail

Native Village of Gambell Jail Information

Gambell, a community in Alaska, is encapsulated by natural beauty and rich culture. Located on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, it's home to the Siberian Yupik people, who have inhabited the region for centuries. The population of Gambell is around 700, primarily engaged in traditional subsistence activities like hunting, fishing, and whaling. The village is known for its vibrant traditions and cultural heritage, including dance, storytelling, and art. Its remote location and unique environment make Gambell a significant center for ecological research, particularly for birdwatching due to its role as a migratory bird stopover site.

Tribe: Native Village of Gambell

Phone: 907-985-5346

Physical Address:
Native Village of Gambell Jail
73 Gambelling St Gambell
Gambell, AK 99742

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Native Village of Gambell Jail
P.O. Box 90
Gambell, AK 99742

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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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