Village of Kaltag Jail

Village of Kaltag Jail Information

Kaltag, located in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area of Alaska, is a remote village situated on the Yukon River. This small community, with roughly 185 residents, is primarily inhabited by Alaska Natives, including Athabascan people. Kaltag's way of life revolves around subsistence activities such as hunting, fishing, and gathering, serving as the cornerstone of their sustenance. The village's breathtaking natural surroundings offer abundant opportunities for salmon fishing and wildlife observation. Due to its isolated location, air travel is the primary mode of transportation. Kaltag places significant importance on preserving its Native traditions and languages, underlining its cultural significance as a unique and distinctive community within the Alaskan wilderness.

Tribe: Village of Kaltag

Phone: 907-534-2224

Physical Address:
Village of Kaltag Jail
32 Second Street
Kaltag, AK 99748

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Village of Kaltag Jail
P.O. Box 129
Kaltag, AK 99748

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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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