Native Village of Kiana Jail

Native Village of Kiana Jail Information

Kiana, a village in Alaska, is characterized by its remote location in the state's northwest region. It is home to approximately 361 residents, predominantly of Inupiaq heritage. This close-knit community relies on subsistence activities like hunting, fishing, and gathering to sustain their traditional way of life. Kiana's isolated setting, surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife, plays a significant role in its cultural identity. The village is committed to preserving Inupiaq traditions, including storytelling and dance. With a deep connection to the land and their heritage, Kiana residents maintain a resilient and vibrant culture in the face of their challenging environment.

Tribe: Native Village of Kiana

Phone: 907-475-2109

Physical Address:
Native Village of Kiana Jail
69 Kozak Street
Kiana, AK 99749

Mailing Address (personal mail):
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Native Village of Kiana Jail
PO Box 69
Kiana, AK 99749

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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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