Wrangell Cooperative Association Jail

Wrangell Cooperative Association Jail Information

Isolated within Wrangell Harbor lies Chief Shakes Island and its Tribal House, a site of great historical significance listed on the National Historic Register. This location draws more than 10,000 visitors annually and serves as a lasting testament to the heritage of Southeast Alaska Natives and their distinctive totemic art. The primary attraction here is a replica of a Tlingit tribal house from the 19th century, situated on the exact spot once occupied by Chief Shake's lineage. In 2013, a $1 million renovation of the house was completed, employing local residents who used traditional tools and techniques. The inauguration of the new clan house, celebrated over three days, sparked a cultural revival that the Tribe is eager to share with visitors through Tlingit songs, dances, and storytelling.

Tribe: Wrangell Cooperative Association

Phone: 907-874-4304

Physical Address:
Wrangell Cooperative Association Jail
1002 Zimovia Highway, Box 2021
Wrangell, AK 99929

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Wrangell Cooperative Association Jail
P.O. Box 2021
Wrangell, AK 99929

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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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