Tonkawa Tribe of Indians Jail

Tonkawa Tribe of Indians Jail Information

The Tonkawa Tribal Reserve, situated in Northern Oklahoma's Kay County, hosts the tribal headquarters on the Chikaskia River's west bank, near Tonkawa town. The Tribal Committee, consisting of a president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer, governs enrolled tribal members in two-year terms through elections held biennially. A community center at Fort Oakland serves the tribal reserve, with members receiving essential services like electricity, water, and gas from regional providers. Healthcare is accessible through White Eagle, Kanza, and Pawnee Indian Clinics, while Kay County Public Schools serve the children.

Tribe: Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma

Phone: 580-628-2651

Physical Address:
Tonkawa Tribe of Indians Jail
1 Rush Buffalo Road
Tonkawa, OK 74653-4449

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Tonkawa Tribe of Indians Jail
1 Rush Buffalo Road
Tonkawa, OK 74653-4449

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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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