Village of Stony River Jail

Village of Stony River Jail Information

Stony River, Alaska, is a remote village located in the Dillingham Census Area. It has a small population of around 31 residents, primarily composed of Alaska Natives. The village's way of life revolves around traditional subsistence activities like hunting, fishing, and gathering, which are essential for their sustenance. Stony River's pristine natural surroundings offer ample opportunities for salmon fishing and wildlife observation. Due to its isolation, accessibility primarily relies on small aircraft. The community places a strong emphasis on preserving its Native traditions and language, making it a culturally significant and unique enclave within the vast Alaskan wilderness.

Tribe: Village of Stony River

Phone: 907-537-3254

Physical Address:
Village of Stony River Jail
Birch Road
Stony River, AK 99557

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Village of Stony River Jail
P.O. Box SRV
Stony River, AK 99557

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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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