Mechoopda Indian Tribal jail

Mechoopda Indian Tribal jail Information

The Mikapdo's original hamlet was located on Little Butte Creek, about 4 miles south of downtown Chico. Mechoopda's people survived thanks to the methods, technology, and expertise associated with a "hunting and gathering" economy. The Mechoopda Indian Tribe is now a federally recognised tribe with 560 Tribal Members and a Tribal Council elected by the General Membership. We invite you to discover more about our people, history, and culture.

Tribe: Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California

Phone: 530-899-8922

Physical Address:
Mechoopda Indian Tribal jail
1920 Alcott Ave
Chico, CA 95928

Mailing Address (personal mail):
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Mechoopda Indian Tribal jail
125 Mission Ranch Boulevard
Chico, CA 95928

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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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