Village of Bill Moore's Slough Jail

Village of Bill Moore's Slough Jail Information

Kotlik, a remote village in Alaska, is located within the Bethel Census Area along the shores of the Kotlik Lagoon. This small community, with approximately 577 residents, mainly comprises Alaska Natives, particularly Yup'ik Eskimos. Their way of life centers around subsistence activities like hunting, fishing, and gathering. The village's stunning natural surroundings offer excellent opportunities for salmon fishing and wildlife observation. Due to its isolation, air travel is the primary mode of transportation. Kotlik has a deep cultural connection to Yup'ik traditions, emphasizing heritage preservation and language, making it a culturally significant and distinct community in the Alaskan wilderness.

Tribe: Village of Bill Moore's Slough

Phone: 907-899-4232

Physical Address:
Village of Bill Moore's Slough Jail
#5 4th and Curry Street
Kotlik, AK 99620

Mailing Address (personal mail):
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Village of Bill Moore's Slough Jail
P.O. Box 20288
Kotlik, AK 99620

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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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