Village of Dot Lake Jail

Village of Dot Lake Jail Information

Dot Lake Village, situated in Alaska's Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, is a small, remote community located near Dot Lake. The village has a population of around 65 residents, primarily of Alaska Native and Athabascan heritage. Residents engage in traditional subsistence activities, such as hunting, fishing, and gathering, to sustain their way of life. Dot Lake Village's serene natural surroundings offer opportunities for fishing and wildlife observation. Due to its isolation, accessibility largely relies on road travel via the Alaska Highway. The community places a strong emphasis on preserving its Native traditions, thus serving as a culturally significant and unique enclave in the Alaskan wilderness.

Tribe: Village of Dot Lake

Phone: 907-882-2695

Physical Address:
Village of Dot Lake Jail
10 Charles Street
Dot Lake, AK 99737

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Village of Dot Lake Jail
P.O. Box 70494
Dot Lake, AK 99701-0494

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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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