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The Western Navajo Agency is one of five currently operating administrative jurisdictions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the Navajo Reservation. It is located in Tuba City, Arizona and its supervising office is the Navajo Area Office. A map of the roads on the Navajo Reservation, created in 2008, is available online. The Western Navajo Agency is listed on this map as the Tuba City Agency.

Contents

Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency

Navajo, Hopi, Paiute

History

The original Navajo Agency was established in 1852. The Western Navajo Agency was established in 1901 when the old Navajo Agency was subdivided. It operated as an agency until about 1920, when it became the Tuba City Subagency. In 1935, it was consolidated with other Navajo agencies to form one agency called the Navajo Service, with headquarters at Window Rock, Arizona. In 1949, the Window Rock Area Office was formed and the Western Navajo Agency eventually regained its independent status[1].

Records

Some of the historical records of this agency, 1902-1917, are in the Pacific Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Laguna Niguel, California[2]. A few records for the Tuba City Subagency, which was a successor to the Western Navajo Agency, are also in the archives in Laguna Niguel and in the National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver), Colorado.[3]

Annual Indian Census Rolls were taken at this agency for 1905, 1915-1920, 1922-1927, and 1929 thru 1935. These rolls have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M595, rolls 640 thru 645[4]. 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 583099-583104). These census rolls are also available online at Ancestry.com's subscription web site.

Microfilm copies of ...Narrative and Statistical Reports... for the Western Navajo Agency, 1907-1935, are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, Rolls 166-167[5], available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, beginning with their microfilm numbers 1724384-1724385.

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 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 M595, p. 51.
  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 1011, p. 27
  • 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.
  • Marquette University. Guide to Catholic-Related Records in the Midwest about Native Americans.
  • Preliminary Inventory No. 163: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Services. Available online

Web Sites

List of schools under the Western Navajo Agency.


 

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