US Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA): Search Inmates and Facilities

Bureau of Indian Affairs inmate locator

Here you will find all Native American Reservation Jails and links to locate inmates. Every Indian Reservation Jail includes all public information available for you to browse and find useful information and inmate search links to search and find an inmate.

You can select a facility from the list below to find Indian reservation and jail inmates.
The facilities are ordered by state.

Jail Facilities and Inmates by State


Metlakatla Adult Detention Center
Metlakatla Juvenile Detention Center


Ak-Chin Tribal Police and Detention Center
Chinle Holding Facility
Chinle Youth Corrections Center
Colorado River Indian Tribes Adult Detention Center
Fort McDowell Police Dept. and Holding Facility
Fort Mohave Tribal Police Department and Holding Facility
Gila River Adult Department of Corrections – Adult
Gila River Juvenile Department of Corrections
Kayenta Police Department and Holding Facility
Pascua Yaqui Holding Facility
Salt River Pima-Maricopa DOC
San Carlos Dept. of Adult Corrections
San Carlos Juvenile Dept. of Corrections
Supai Law Enforcement and Holding Facility
Tohono O’odham Adult Detention Center
Tohono O’odham Juvenile Detention Center
Truxton Canyon Adult Detention Center
Tuba City Holding Facility
Western Navajo Juvenile Corrections Services Center
White Mountain Apache Detention Center
Window Rock Holding Facility


Chief Ignacio Justice Center Adult Detention
Chief Ignacio Justice Center Juvenile Detention
Southern Ute Indian Tribal Detention Center


Fort Hall Police Department and Adult Detention Center


Lac Vieux Desert Police Department Adult and Juvenile Holding Facility
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department and Adult Detention Center
Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Youth Facility


Red Lake Tribal Justice Center Adult Detention
Red Lake Tribal Justice Juvenile Detention


Choctaw Justice Complex Adult Detention
Choctaw Justice Complex Juvenile Detention


Blackfeet Adult Detention Center
Blackfeet Youth Detention Center
Crow Adult Detention Center
Flathead Adult Detention Center
Fort Peck Indian Juvenile Services Center
Fort Peck Police Department and Adult Detention Center
Fort Peck Transitional Living Unit
Northern Cheyenne Adult Detention Center
Northern Cheyenne Youth Detention Center
Rocky Boy Adult Detention Center
White Buffalo Youth Detention Center


Omaha Tribal Police Department and Adult Detention


Eastern Nevada Law Enforcement Adult Detention Facility

New Mexico

Acoma Tribal Police and Holding Facility
Jemez Tribal Court and Holding Facility
Jicarilla Department of Corrections-Adult and Juvenile
Laguna Tribal Police and Detention Center
Navajo Department of Corrections-Crownpoint
Navajo Department of Corrections-Shiprock
Navajo Department of Corrections-Tohatchi
Ramah Navajo Detention Center
San Juan Pueblo Holding Facility
Taos Tribal Detention Center
Zuni Adult Detention Center
Zuni Juvenile Detention Center

North Dakota

Fort Totten Adult Detention Center
Gerald Tex Fox Adult Detention
Gerald Tex Fox Juvenile Detention
Standing Rock Adult Detention Center
Turtle Mountain Law Enforcement Center


Iowa Tribal Holding Facility
Sac and Fox Juvenile Detention Center


Warm Springs Adult Detention Center

South Dakota

Cheyenne River Sioux Adult Detention Center
Cheyenne River Sioux Juvenile Detention Center
Ki Yuksa O’Tipi Reintegration Center
Kyle Adult Detention
Lower Brule Adult Detention
Lower Brule Juvenile Detention
Oglala Sioux Tribal Offenders Facility
Pine Ridge Adult Detention
Rosebud Sioux Tribal Adult Detention
Rosebud Sioux Wanbli Wiconi Tipi Juvenile Detention
Sisseton-Wahpeton Adult Detention Center


Chehalis Tribal Adult Detention Center
Colville Adult Detention Center
Makah Public Safety-Adult Detention
Nisqually Adult Corrections Center
Puyallup Tribal Adult Detention
Quinault Nation Holding Facility
Spokane Adult Detention Center


Menominee Tribal Detention Facility


Wind River Adult Detention Center

Bureau of Indian Affairs Prisons

United States (US) Bureau of Indian Affairs

There are over 90 detention centers in Indian Country, which is “all land within the limits of any Indian reservation . . . all dependent Indian communities within the borders of the United States . . . and all Indian allotments, the Indian titles to which have not been extinguished.” [1] The US Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) operates about a third of these facilities, Indian tribes the remainder mostly under self-governance compacts with the BIA. Indian Country facilities are for both long and short terms. The ultimate mission of BIA Corrections is to operate Indian Country detention facilities safely, securely, and humanely.

In 2013 BIA confined 2,287 inmates in Indian Country jails, a slight (3.3 percent) decrease from 2,364 in 2012. From 2009 to 2014, about 31 percent of Indian Country inmates have been violent offenders, a decline from the 39-percent rate in each year of the 2004–2009 term. Domestic violence (15 percent) and assault (10 percent) were the largest percentages of violent offenses in 2013 followed by unspecified violence (5 percent) and sexual assault (2 percent). Nearly 20 percent of inmates were in for public intoxication in 2013.

Imprisonment Laws

The BIA publishes its policies and standards for the administration, operation, and physical construction of Indian country detention, community residential, and holding facilities in the Bureau of Indian Affairs Manual. The chapter “Indian Country Detention Facilities and Programs” describes and explains the BIA’s policies, procedures, and standards for detention and holding programs in Indian Country.[2]


Inmate Rights in (US) Bureau of Indian Affairs

Inmates detained or incarcerated in an Indian Country detention, community residential, or holding facility can find full information about inmate rights, privileges, protections, and responsibilities by reference to the inmate handbook issued on their arrivals. This collection of guidelines describes emergency evacuation procedures, medical, counseling, and rehabilitation services, and visitation procedures.[3] At each detention, community residential, or holding facility in tribal jurisdictions where federal funds operate or maintain programs, BIA policy, standard, and procedure statements are available upon request.[4]

Commissary for (US) Bureau of Indian Affairs

At BIA prison commissaries or canteens inmates may purchase hygiene items, food, beverages, and general merchandise. Inmates may not possess cash; they make purchases through personal commissary accounts with money deposited with the BIA from earnings or contributions. BIA commissary patronage is a privilege that the BIA may suspend as a disciplinary penalty for misconduct.


Visitation – Inmates visitation policies and rules in (US) Bureau of Indian Affairs

The BIA does not publish national or regional standards, regulations, or policies for visits to inmates of BIA correctional and detention facilities. It is fair to say that all visitors should inquire of the management of individual facilities and to contact the facility in advance of every scheduled visit to confirm arrangements.



Tribal courts resolve criminal and other legal matters. There is much variation in tribal courts and their administration of tribal laws. Some tribal courts apply uniform laws and procedures. Others use traditional elder councils, sentencing circles, and other alternate measures. Some tribes have both types of courts. In this environment pretrial release on bail is generally unpredictable.

Congress has consigned to the federal government jurisdiction over major crimes in Indian Country. Tribal courts also may not hear cases prosecuted against nonIndians even if their alleged offenses occur in Indian Country.


Inmate Services in (US) Bureau of Indian Affairs

The BIA assists all tribal detention programs in contract monitoring and reviews, development of corrective action plans, facility expansion, renovation, and replacement, and standards compliance reviews.


Inmate Search / Inmate Locator Links

The BIA Inmate Searcher enables users to do nationwide searches of all BIA and Indian reservation facilities to locate inmates. Every Indian reservation jail is a source for users to browse for useful information and inmate search links. If you have trouble searching for an inmate, scroll up to the top of this page to find the full list of US Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) facilities and search inmates, ordered by State. Navigate to a facility to find the available inmate search link.

[1] United States Code Title 18 Section 1151 (18 US Code 1151).
[2] Code of Federal Regulations Title 25 Section 10.5 (25 CFR 10.5).
[3] See 25 CFR 10.9.
[4] See 25 CFR 10.11.
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