Village of Anaktuvuk Pass Jail

Village of Anaktuvuk Pass Jail Information

Anaktuvuk Pass, located in Alaska, is a remote village in the North Slope Borough. Situated in the Brooks Range, the village is home to around 300 residents, primarily of the Nunamiut Iñupiat people. Their traditional subsistence activities, including hunting and gathering, remain integral to the community's way of life. The village's isolated location poses transportation challenges, with air travel being a vital means of access. Anaktuvuk Pass is renowned for its stunning natural surroundings and its significance as a gateway to Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. The village's unique culture and rich heritage reflect the resilience of its native inhabitants.

Tribe: Village of Anaktuvuk Pass

Phone: 907-661-2575

Physical Address:
Village of Anaktuvuk Pass Jail
305 Mekiana Road
Anaktuvuk Pass, AK 99721

Mailing Address (personal mail):
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Village of Anaktuvuk Pass Jail
P.O. Box 21170
Anaktuvuk Pass, AK 99721

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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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