Village of Ohogamiut Jail

Village of Ohogamiut Jail Information

Ohagamiut, a remote Alaskan village, is nestled in the Bethel Census Area. With a population of about 71 residents, predominantly Central Yup'ik Eskimos, the village's lifestyle revolves around traditional subsistence activities like hunting, fishing, and gathering. Its natural surroundings offer opportunities for salmon fishing and wildlife observation. Due to its isolation, Ohagamiut relies on small aircraft for access, connecting it to Aniak, Bethel, and neighboring communities. The village places a strong emphasis on preserving Central Yup'ik traditions and language, underlining its cultural significance and unique identity within the Alaskan wilderness.

Tribe: Village of Ohogamiut

Phone: 907-679-6598

Physical Address:
Village of Ohogamiut Jail
49 Poltes Avenue
Marshall, AK 99585

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Village of Ohogamiut Jail
P.O. Box 49
Marshall, AK 99585

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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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