Ponca Tribal Jail

Ponca Tribal Jail Information

It was named after the Ponca Indians, who migrated to a reservation south of the town site in 1879, and was founded overnight in 1893 with the opening of the Cherokee Strip. The city, which was surrounded by farm and ranch regions, grew rapidly after the 1920s oil discoveries.

Tribe: Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Phone: 402-857-3391

Physical Address:
Ponca Tribal Jail
2523 Woodbine Street,
Niobrara, NE 68760

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Ponca Tribal Jail
P.O. Box 288
Niobrara, NE 68760

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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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