Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Nation Information

The personnel of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) work with juveniles referred to the Department by a variety of sources, including law enforcement, parents, schools, the Court, and other Cherokee Nation departments. The ultimate purpose of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate our youngsters so that they can become productive Cherokee Nation citizens and break damaging patterns of behavior.

Tribe: Cherokee Nation

Phone: 918-453-5645

Physical Address:
Cherokee Nation
17675 S Muskogee Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74402

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Cherokee Nation
P.O. Box 1730
Muskogee, OK 74402

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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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