United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Existence: 1947-
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), established in 1824, facilitates relationships between the United States and federally-recognized tribes.
It is the oldest agency of the United States Department of the Interior with roots that reach back to the Continental Congress. After its creation, the BIA assisted in negotiating treaty agreements between the United States and various tribes in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The BIA also assists in the implementation of Federal laws. The BIA provides services directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The BIA also manages the care and administration of land held in trust by the United States for American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.
Citation:Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the territories of Washington & Idaho, 1981: t.p. (Commissioner of Indian Affairs)
Teghikusam avaqutii, animal babies, 1975: t.p. (Bureau of Indian Affairenun [Siberian Yupik])
Indian mineral resource horizons, May 1992: t.p. (BIA) p. 8 (Bureau of Indian Affairs)
Program and proceedings of the first annual Conference for Tribal Judges, 1960: (U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs)
The Indian & the law, 1949: t.p. (United States Indian Service)
US Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs, viewed June 17, 2014 : Who we are (Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA); the BIA, one of the oldest bureaus in the Federal government, was administratively established by Secretary of War John C. Calhoun on March 11, 1824, to oversee and carry out the Federal government's trade and treaty relations with the tribes. Congress gave the BIA statutory authority by the act of July 9, 1832 (4 Stat. 564, chap. 174). In 1849, the BIA was transferred to the newly created U.S. Department of the Interior. For years thereafter, the Bureau was known variously as the Indian office, the Indian bureau, the Indian department, and the Indian Service. The Interior Department formally adopted the name "Bureau of Indian Affairs" for the agency on September 17, 1947. The BIA carries out its core mission to serve 566 Federally recognized tribes through four offices: the Office of Indian Services; the Office of Justice Services; the Office of Trust Services; the Office of Field Operations) http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/BIA/index.htm
bia.gov, via WWW, Feb. 4, 2019 (est. 1824; facilitates relationships between U.S. and federally-recognized tribes; oldest agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior; roots reach back to Continental Congress; assisted in negotiating treaty agreements between the U.S. and various tribes in the late 18th and 19th centuries; assists in implementation of federal laws; provides services directly, through contracts, grants, or compacts to American Indians and Alaska Natives; manages care and administration of millions of acres of land held in trust by U.S. for American Indians, Indian tribes, Alaska Natives; BIA mission is to: "enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.")
Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:
Contains negatives of photographs of Native Americans from various reservations participating in both traditional and modern cultures. Also includes negatives of photographs that capture programs and conferences with Native Americans. Materials dated approximately 1954-1990.
Contains photographs of Native Americans from various reservations participating in both traditional and modern cultural events. Includes individual and group portraits as well as candid shots. Also includes photographs that capture programs and conferences with Native Americans carried out by the Institute. Some materials are reprints of photonegatives, reproduced in 2019. Materials dated approximately 1929 to 1990.
Letter press copies of handwritten and signed letters. The materials are addressed to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC. Sherman writes about the condition of Ute Indians on the reservation, the nature of the supplies for them, and the functions of the Indian agency.
Contains financial records on the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the United States Treasury. Dated approximately 1920 to 1970.