Native Village of Kotzebue Jail

Native Village of Kotzebue Jail Information

The Native Village of Kotzebue is the federally recognized Tribal government representing the Qikiqtaġruŋmiut, the original inhabitants of the northwest Alaskan region around present-day Kotzebue. This sovereign entity, often referred to as the Kotzebue IRA, operates under the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. With an estimated membership of around 2,500 individuals, primarily from the original Qikiqtaġruk families, the Tribe's core objective is to maximize benefits for its members, which includes administering federal programs for Native Americans. They also focus on cultural preservation through projects like a Tribal immersion school and economic initiatives such as foam house panel manufacturing and game meat/fish processing. Additionally, the Tribe manages natural resources and advocates for social justice through legislative engagement and the promotion of Iñupiaq culture and values.

Tribe: Native Village of Kotzebue

Phone: 907-442-3467

Physical Address:
Native Village of Kotzebue Jail
600 W. 5th Avenue
Kotzebue, AK 99752

Mailing Address (personal mail):
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Native Village of Kotzebue Jail
P.O. Box 296
Kotzebue, AK 99752

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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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