Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Reservation Jail

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Reservation Jail Information

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is a federally recognized Native American tribe predominantly located in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah in the southwestern United States. Comprising primarily Ute people, the tribe has a rich cultural heritage deeply intertwined with the region's history. Their home is the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation, covering both on-reservation and off-reservation trust land.Over the years, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has encountered challenges like land dispossession, but they are dedicated to preserving their cultural traditions, language, and spirituality. Economic development plays a significant role in their community, with enterprises such as the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel generating revenue for essential programs and services.The tribe's priorities include cultural preservation, education, healthcare, and the overall well-being of their members. The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe remains committed to upholding their heritage while addressing modern challenges and ensuring a prosperous future for their community. Their reservation serves as a focal point for cultural revival and community development.

Tribe: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe [previously listed as Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico, & Utah]

Phone: 970-565-5790

Physical Address:
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Reservation Jail
125 Mike Wash Road Tribal Complex
Towaoc, CO 81334

Mailing Address (personal mail):
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Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Reservation Jail
P.O. Box JJ
Towaoc, CO 81334-0248

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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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