Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Jail

Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Jail Information

The Tlingit people are an Indigenous cultural group of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America, specifically in the regions of Alaska and western Canada. They are known for their rich heritage and distinctive art, including totem poles, intricate basketry, and ceremonial regalia. The Tlingit culture is deeply rooted in their connection to the land and the sea, with a history of fishing, hunting, and trading. Their social structure includes matrilineal clans, and they have a complex system of crests and clan emblems. Today, Tlingit communities work to preserve their language and traditions, while also engaging in contemporary life and art.

Tribe: Yakutat Tlingit Tribe

Phone: 907-784-3238

Physical Address:
Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Jail
606 Forest Highway 10
Yakutat, AK 99689

Mailing Address (personal mail):
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Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Jail
P.O. Box 418
Yakutat, AK 99689

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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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