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Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Center



“To provide safe and secure housing for incarcerated juveniles, to encourage positive long-term behavioral changes, to reduce delinquency and recidivism, and to facilitate the learning of Hualapai and other Native American cultural beliefs.”

artsNcraftsThe Hualapai Indian Tribe was one of three tribes (Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Mississippi Band of Choctaw) in the country to be awarded a 4-year Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry Green Program.  This endeavor is to cultivate and deepen tribal culture, promote community service, academic and vocation skills and reduce alcohol and drug use. The Hualapai Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Center (HJDRC) is a 30 bed facility with three holding cells, a recreation yard, garden, a ramada and a sweat lodge. In April 2009, HJDRC started to house local juveniles.  The Positive Warrior Work Service (PWWS) is a program that was implemented in 2011. This program takes the youth out of the facility working off restitution as well as giving back to the community by chopping wood for elders, yard cleaning, helping in community sweats and other functions. Another component to PWWS is the Culinary Program which teaches the youth basic cooking and sanitation skills. PWWS youth have gone on a variety of trips from going to our state capitol for Native American Legislative Day, Challenge Ropes Course, Skywalk, La Paz run, movies, bowling, this demonstrates to them that there are healthy ways to have fun.

The Boys and Girls Club, Behavioral Health and Social Services departments all come in once a week for programming.

This facility welcomes and accepts youth from other tribes. For those tribes that are unable to make the trip to visit their child we are currently working on getting Skype to maintain family contact.


Dedicated staff and community volunteers who are motivated to get them back on track with their traditional beliefs work with the detained youth.  The education program runs year around and the juveniles attend school Monday –Friday.  After school juveniles participate in:

  • Hualapai Green Re-entry Program
  • life skills programs
  • substance abuse programs, such as wellbriety
  • talking circles
  • sweat ceremonies are done two times a month or sooner if requested
  • ministry comes weekly
  • evening cultural activities, such as beading, weaving, gourd painting
  • individual and group counseling
  • gardening and ethnobotany
  • youth council meetings
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Behavioral Health Department
  • Social Services
  • PWWS Program
  • Culinary Classes
  • Drug Education

While continuing to develop our programs, one goal that we will continue to work on is to establish a Rehabilitation component here at HJDRC.


All new employees go through two weeks of Orientation training. Correction Officers receive a total of 200 hours of initial training and support staff receives a total of 160 hours of initial training. All correction officers must complete a six week academy sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Artesia, NM.
All employees receive an average of 60 hours of annual training.