Upper Sioux Community Jail

Upper Sioux Community Jail Information

The Upper Sioux Indian Reservation, located in Minnesota, is home to the Upper Sioux Community, a federally recognized Native American tribe. The reservation encompasses both on-reservation and off-reservation trust land, with a population recorded in the 2020 census. The tribe has a history marked by challenges such as land loss and displacement. Today, they engage in various economic activities, including gaming. Their priorities include cultural preservation, education, healthcare, and community well-being. The Upper Sioux Community is committed to preserving its heritage, enhancing the lives of its members, and navigating contemporary challenges to ensure a prosperous future.

Tribe: Upper Sioux Community, Minnesota

Phone: 320-564-6372

Physical Address:
Upper Sioux Community Jail
5722 Travers Lane
Granite Falls, MN 56421

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Upper Sioux Community Jail
P.O. Box 147
Granite Falls, MN 56421

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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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