Native Village of Kanatak Jail

Native Village of Kanatak Jail Information

Kanatak, an Alutiiq village and for a short time, an oil exploration boom town, is an abandoned village, it remains inhabited in the minds of the Native elders and their offspring that deny Kanatak is dead.Before Kanatak was put on the map, it was once a quiet village with Alutiiq/Russian village whose families lived off the land and sea traveling through the mountain passes to Becharof Lake and down to Egegik, Ugashik and other coastal communities. Kanatak managed to maintain its tribal identity transitioning into the 1920’s and weathering through the oil boom and 1919 pandemic. Families, such as the Amock’s Boskoffsky, Chernikoff, Fred’s Kalmakoff’s, Kosbruk’s, Giacommetti’s, Murphy’s, Rufe’s, Shangin’s Takak’s, Yagi’s, Yagosloff’s Survaloff’s and Zakoff’s, that were captured in the 1939 census are the backbone of ther tribe.Kanatak became synonymous with oil and gas industry in the 1920’s in Alaska, America’s newest frontier, sharing the limelight with only Katella in the entire state of Alaska. Walt Disney even had an interest in the Kanatak oil and gas leases,

Tribe: Native Village of Kanatak

Phone: 907-357-5991

Physical Address:
Native Village of Kanatak Jail
Alaska Regional office
Wasilla, AK 99687

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Native Village of Kanatak Jail
PO Box 876822
Wasilla, AK 99687

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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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