Native Village of Kongiganak Jail

Native Village of Kongiganak Jail Information

Kongiganak, an Alaskan village, is located on the state's western coast with a population of about 439 residents. This community is predominantly Yup'ik Eskimo and depends on subsistence hunting, fishing, and gathering to sustain their traditional way of life. The village is characterized by a deep cultural connection to the land and sea, with an emphasis on preserving Yup'ik traditions, including dance and storytelling. Kongiganak faces challenges like many remote Alaskan communities, yet its residents exhibit resilience and a strong cultural identity that enriches the region's indigenous heritage.

Tribe: Native Village of Kongiganak

Phone: 907-557-5226

Physical Address:
Native Village of Kongiganak Jail
150 West of School
Kongiganak, AK 99559-5069

Mailing Address (personal mail):
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Native Village of Kongiganak Jail
P.O. Box 5069
Kongiganak, AK 99559-5069

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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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