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The following are the locations of Area Offices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. While they have many records, most of them are administrative in nature and do not contain details about individual Indians. Hence, they are not the most valuable records for tracing American Indian ancestry. The office which created and maintained the largest amount of records of the American Indians were the field offices, called agencies.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Aberdeen Area Office)
115 Fourth Ave. SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Telephone: 1-605-226-7343
Fax: 1-605-226-7446
Internet: http://www.doi.gov/diversity/eeo_counsel/counselor_bia.htm

Created in 1949, this Area Office covers the following agencies: Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Fort Berthold, Fort Totten, Lower Brule, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Sisseton, Standing Rock (North Dakota), Turtle Mountain, Winnebago, Yankton. Some of their records (1934-1952) are at the National Archives Central Plains Region in Kansas City.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Albuquerque Area Office)
P.O. Box 26567Albuquerque, NM 87125-6567
Telephone: 1-505-766-3754
Fax: 1-505-766-1964

Covers the following agencies: Jicarilla, Laguna, Mescalero, Northern Pueblos, Ramah Navajo, Southern Pueblos, Southern Ute, Ute Mountain, and Zuni. Some of their records (1887-1989) are at the National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver).

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Anadarko Area Office)
W.C.D. Office Complex P.O.368
Anadarko, OK 73005-0368
Telephone: 1-405-247-6673
Fax: 1-405-247-2242

Established in 1948, it was essentially a continuation of the Kiowa Agency. It now covers the following agencies: Anadarko, Concho, Horton, Pawnee, and Shawnee. Some of their records (1881-1942) are at the National Archives Southwest Region (Fort Worth).

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Billings Area Office)
316 N. 26thStreet
Billings, MT 59101-1362
Telephone: 1-406-657-6315
Fax: 1-406-657-6559

Established in 1946, it has jurisdiction over the following agencies: Blackfoot, Crow, Fort Belknap, Fort Peck, Northern Cheyenne, Rocky Boy’s, and Wind River. Some of their records (1912-1952) are at the National Archives Pacific Alaska Region in Seattle.

Records

Welfare Rolls, 1950. FHL Film: 295703 item 1

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Eastern Area Office)
3701 N. Fairfax Drive
Mailstop VASQ 260
Arlington, VA 22203
Telephone: 1-703-235-3006
Fax: 1-703-235-8610

Covers the following agencies: Cherokee, Choctaw, New York, and Seminole.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Juneau Area Office)
P.O. Box 25520
Juneau, AK 99802
Telephone: 1-907-586-7177
Fax: 1-907-586-7169

This area office inherited records from the Office of Education (Alaska Division) and earlier units of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It covers the following agencies: Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks, and Nome. Some of their records are at the National Archives Pacific Alaska Region in Seattle.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Minneapolis Area Office)
331 South Second Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2241
Telephone: 1-612-373-1000
Fax: 1-612-373-1186

Established in 1949, it covers the following agencies: Great Lakes, Michigan, Minnesota, Red Lake, and Sac and Fox Field Office. Some of its records (1909-1952) are in the National Archives Central Plains Region in Kansas City.

Records

Census and School Records, 1938-1950. FHL Film: 1002783

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Muskogee Area Office)
101 N. 5th
St. Muskogee, OK 74401
Telephone: 1-918-687-2296
Fax: 1-918-687-2571

Established in 1948, it covers the following agencies: Chickasaw, Okmulgee, Osage, Miami, Talihina, and
Wewoka.

Some of its records (1835-1952)are in the National Archives Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Texas.

Records available through the Family History Library

Muskogee Area Office - Agency records, 1883-1945. FHL Collection,Film: 1205785 first film.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Navajo Area Office)
P.O. Box 1060
Gallup, NM 87305
Telephone: 1-505-863-8314
Fax: 1-505-863-8324

Covers the following agencies: Chinle, Eastern Navajo, Fort Defiance, Shiprock, and Western Navajo. Some of their records 1913-1968 are in the National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver).

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Portland Area Office)
The Federal Building
911 NE 11thAvenue
Portland, OR 97232-4169
Telephone: 1-503-231-6702
Fax: 1-503-231-2201

Established 1950, covers the following agencies: Colville, Chiloquin Sub-Agency, Flathead, Fort Hall, Northern Idaho, Makah, Metlakatla Field Station, Olympic Peninsula, Plummer Field Office, Puget Sound, Siletz, Spokane, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakima.  Some of its records are at the National Archives Pacific Alaska Region in Seattle.

Records

Tribal Census 1877-1952. FHL Film: 1028458 item 2 and FHL Film: 01028459 item 1

Family Index Cards 1938-1950. FHL Films: 1028470 item 4 and FHL Film:1028471

Medical Records. 1934-1946. FHL Film: 1028470 item 2

Heirship Records 1887-1952. FHL Film:  1028461 item 2 - FHL Film: 1028470

Civil Information 1864-1951. FHL Film: 1028470 item 3

School Records 1916-1952. FHL Films: 1038456-1038458

Vital Records 1912-1952. FHL Film: 1028459 item 2 - FHL Film: 1028461


Bureau of Indian Affairs (Phoenix Area Office)
P.O. Box 10
Phoenix, AZ 85001
Telephone: 1-602-379-6600
Fax: 1-602-379-4413

Established 1946, covers the following agencies: Colorado River, Eastern Nevada, Fort Apache, Fort Yuma, Hopi, Papago, Pima, Salt River, San Carlos, Southern Paiute Field Station, Truxton Cañon, Uintah & Ouray, and Western Nevada.  Some of it's records (1891-1954) are at the National Archives Pacific Region in Riverside, California

Records

Descriptive lists. FHL Film: 1249981 item 5

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Sacramento Area Office)
2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95825-1846
Telephone: 1-916-978-4691
Fax: 1-916-978-4695

Established 1950, covers the following agencies: Central California, Northern California, Palm Springs Field Agency and Southern California.  Some of it's records (1910-1954) are at the National Archives Pacific Region in San Francisco

References

Hill, Edward E., comp. Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981.


 

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