Village of Kotlik Jail

Village of Kotlik Jail Information

Kotlik, a remote village in Alaska's Bethel Census Area, rests along the shores of the Kotlik Lagoon. With approximately 577 residents, predominantly Alaska Natives, particularly Yup'ik Eskimos, the village's way of life is deeply rooted in subsistence activities like hunting, fishing, and gathering. The area's scenic environment provides excellent opportunities for salmon fishing and wildlife observation. Due to its isolation, air travel serves as the primary means of access. Kotlik prides itself on preserving Yup'ik traditions and language, making it a culturally significant and distinctive community within the vast Alaskan wilderness.

Tribe: Village of Kotlik

Phone: 907-899-4326

Physical Address:
Village of Kotlik Jail
2nd & Curry Street
Kotlik, AK 99620

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Village of Kotlik Jail
P.O. Box 20210
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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