Spirit Lake Tribe Jail

Spirit Lake Tribe Jail Information

The Spirit Lake Tribe is a federally recognized Native American tribe located in North Dakota. Their ancestral lands encompass the picturesque Spirit Lake region. As a sovereign nation, they manage their self-governance and provide essential services to their members. The tribe has a deep cultural heritage, with a strong commitment to preserving their traditions, language, and connection to the land. When arrested, they are held by the tribal police until they are either arraigned or transferred to another jail.

Tribe: Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota

Phone: 701-381-2006

Physical Address:
Spirit Lake Tribe Jail
816 - 3rd Avenue North
Fort Totten, ND 58335

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Spirit Lake Tribe Jail
P.O. Box 359
Fort Totten, ND 58335

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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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