Native Village of Kivalina Jail

Native Village of Kivalina Jail Information

Kivalina, a remote Alaskan village, is home to around 400 residents. Located on a barrier island in the Chukchi Sea, this community faces significant challenges due to erosion and climate change, which threaten its very existence. The predominantly Inupiaq population relies on subsistence hunting and fishing. Kivalina's isolated and stunning natural surroundings, though, contribute to its cultural richness, including traditional practices like whaling and cultural traditions. The village's ongoing struggle against coastal erosion highlights the broader issue of climate change's impact on indigenous communities, making Kivalina a symbol of resilience in the face of environmental challenges.

Tribe: Native Village of Kivalina

Phone: 907-645-2153

Physical Address:
Native Village of Kivalina Jail
51 Berry Street
Kivalina, AK 99750

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Native Village of Kivalina Jail
P.O. Box 50051
Kivalina, AK 99750

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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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