The Seminole Nation Jail

The Seminole Nation Jail Information

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma is a federally recognized Native American tribe with a significant presence in the state of Oklahoma. As a sovereign nation, they manage their own government and provide essential services to tribal members. The Seminole people have a rich cultural heritage, which includes the Seminole language, traditions, and history, and they are committed to its preservation. When arrested, they are held by the tribal police until they are either arraigned or transferred to another jail.

Tribe: The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

Phone: 405-257-7209

Physical Address:
The Seminole Nation Jail
Intersection, North Side Highway 270 1/4 Mile East Highway 270 & 56
Wewoka, OK 74884

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
The Seminole Nation Jail
P.O. Box 1498
Wewoka, OK 74884

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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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