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Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency

Navajo

History

The original Navajo Agency was established in 1852 for the Navajo Indians in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. After 1901, this agency was gradually divided into several independent agencies. One of those was the Northern Navajo Agency which operated from at least 1903 to 1935. The agency was also known as the Shiprock Agency or Subagency. In 1935, the independent agencies were consolidated into one agency called the Navajo Service, with headquarters in Window Rock, Arizona.

In 1949, the Window Rock Area Office was established and a Navajo Agency was created under the Area Office. Some of the former agencies were reduced to subagency status at that time[1].

Records

Agencies and subagencies were created as administrative offices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its predecessors. Their purpose was (and is) to manage Indian affairs with the tribes, to enforce policies, and to assist in maintaining the peace. The names and location of these agencies may have changed, but their purpose remained basically the same. Many of the records of genealogical value (for the tribe and tribal members) were created by and maintained by the agencies.

Some correspondence and other records for the Northern Navajo Agency, 1903-1912 and 1949-1955 are in the Pacific Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Laguna Niguel[2]. Additional records for the Northern Navajo Agency, 1933-1945, are also in the National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)[3].

Microfilm copies of ...Narrative and Statistical Reports... for the Northern Navajo Agency, 1927-1935, are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, Roll 93[4], available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, beginning with their microfilm number 1724311.

Annual Indian Census Rolls were taken at this agency for 1930 thru 1935. These rolls have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M595, rolls 303 thru 307[5]. 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 579713-579717). These census rolls are also available online at Ancestry.com's subscription web site.

Records Available through the Family History Library

  • 1937 Census Northern Navajo reservation FHL film 579687 (this film is part of the above collection)

The collection of Birth and Death records below are supplemental records found in the American Indian Census Rolls above.

  • Birth and Death, 1928-1932, FHL film 579715
  • Birth and Death, 1930-1933, FHL film 579716
  • Birth and Death, 1929-1935, FHL film 579717

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. 170.
  2. Guide to Federal Records, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75. Available online.
  3. Guide to Archival Holdings, Rocky Mountain Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Denver 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, Micropcopy M1011, p. 27.
  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 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

 

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