Nez Perce Tribal Jail

Nez Perce Tribal Jail Information

General Miles was overridden, and the Nez Perce were instead relocated to Kansas and Oklahoma, where the 1877 survivors faced many more years of hardship. The Nez Perce were not allowed to return to their homelands until the mid-1880s.01-Oct-2009

Tribe: Nez Perce Tribe [previously listed as Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho]

Phone: 208-843-7342

Physical Address:
Nez Perce Tribal Jail
100 Agency Road
Lapwai, ID 83540

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Nez Perce Tribal Jail
P.O. Box 305
Lapwai, ID 83540

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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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