Alabama-Quassarte Jail

Alabama-Quassarte Jail Information

The tribe was forcibly relocated to Oklahoma in the 1830s and 1840s under the Indian Removal Act and is now centered in Wetumka with a tribal enrollment of around 400. According to Chief Nelson Harjo, the Creek people referred to the Trail of Tears as a "journey of suffering." "There was a lot of death; there wasn't time to bury the dead." "They'd just wrap them in blankets and put them on the trail," Harjo explained.

Tribe: Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town

Phone: 405-452-3987

Physical Address:
Alabama-Quassarte Jail
109 E Broadway Ave
Wetumka, OK 74883

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109 E Broadway Ave
Wetumka, OK 74883

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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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