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The Fort Hall Agency is a currently operating agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Its supervising office is the Portland Area Office.

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Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency

Shoshone and Bannock

History

A special agent was assigned to the Boise and Bruneau bands of Shoshoni Indians in 1867.In 1869 some Western Shoshoni and Bannock Indians were moved to Fort Hall Reservation and in 1872 the Bannock Indians previously assigned to the Shoshone and Bannock Agency in Wyoming were also moved to Fort Hall. The Lemhi Agency became part of the Fort Hall Agency in 1879 and 1880, and again after 1907[1].

Agents and Appointment Dates

Charles F. Powell (special) April 18, 1867, Lt. William H. Danilson (special) June 11, 1869, Johnson N. High (special) November 8, 1870, Montgomery P. Berry (special) March 25, 1871, Johnson N. High (special) December 21, 1871, Henry W. Reed  November 15, 1872, James Wright October 4, 1874, William H. Danilson May 21, 1875, John A. Wright (acting)September 3, 1879, James M. Haworth October 9, 1879, and John A. Wright January 19, 1880. [2]

Records

A few of the records of the Fort Hall Agency, 1909-1963, have been transferred to the Pacific Alaska Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Seattle[3]. These records are primarily administrative files regarding financial matters, but there are a few student case files for 1952-1970.

Additional student records, 1946-1952 have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm roll number 1030802). Included with these records are also birth and death registers, 1901-1907 and individual money ledgers, 1911-1927.

Letters received from the Fort Hall Agency, 1869-1870, are included among Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs from the Idaho Superintendency, filmed by the National Archives as their Microcopy M832, Roll 2[4]. This set of records is also available at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm number 1580048).

Reports of Inspection of the Field Jurisdictions of the Office of Indian Affairs, 1873-1900 have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of Microcopy Number M1070. The reports for Fort Hall Agency, 1880-1900, are on rolls 13-14 of that Microcopy set[5]. Copies are available at the National Archives, their Regional Archives, and at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm roll numbers 1617686-1617687).

The 1900 federal census included population schedules for the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. The census includes the non-Indian employees of the Fort Hall Agency, as well as many pages of Indian Population Schedules for the native population of the Reservation. They are recorded as District 144 in Bingham County, Idaho.

Microfilm copies of ...Narrative and Statistical Reports... for the Fort Hall Agency, 1907-1937, are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, Rolls 48-50[6], available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, beginning with their microfilm numbers 1724266-1724268.

Annual Indian Census Rolls were taken at this agency for 1885-1887, 1890-1891, and from 1894 thru 1939. These rolls have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M595, rolls 138 thru 144[7]. Copies of these records are also available at the National Archives, their Regional Archives, and at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm numbers 576493-576499). These census rolls are also available online at Ancestry.com's subscription web site.

1894 Census of Bannock and Shoshone Indians of Fort Hall. FHL Film: 928110 item 5

School Records including vital, and individual money ledgers,various years 1901-1952. FHL Film: 1030802

References

  1. Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981, p. 159.
  2. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. By Edward E. Hill. Clearwater Publishing Co., New York, NY ©1974. FHL Book 970.1 H551o
  3. Guide to Federal Records, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75. Available online.
  4. American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998, Microcopy M234, p. 8.
  5. American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998, Microcopy M1070, p. 48.
  6. American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998, Microcopy M1011, p. 27.
  7. American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998, Microcopy M595, p. 51.
  • American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998.
  • Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981.
  • Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974.
  • Historical Sketches for Jurisdictional and Subject Headings Used for the Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880. National Archives Microcopy T1105.
  • Preliminary Inventory No. 163: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Services. Available online
  • "Accompanying Pamphlet for Microcopy 1011", National Archives Microfilm Publications, Appendix.

 

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