Area Offices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
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.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Aberdeen Area Office)
115 Fourth Ave. SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401
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 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
Covers the following agencies: Jicarilla, Laguna, Mescalero, Northern Pueblos, Ramah Navajo, Southern Pueblos, Southern Ute, Ute Mountain, and Zuni.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Anadarko Area Office)
W.C.D. Office Complex P.O. 368
Anadarko, OK 73005-0368
Established in 1948, it was essentially a coninuation of the Kiowa Agency. It now covers the following agencies: Anadarko, Concho, Horton, Pawnee, and Shawnee.Some of their records are at the National Archives Southwest Region in Fort Worth.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Billings Area Office)
316 N. 26th Street
Billings, MT 59101-1362
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 are at the National Archives Pacific Alaska Region in Seattle.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Eastern Area Office)
3701 N. Fairfax Drive
Mailstop VASQ 260
Arlington, VA 22203
Covers the following agencies: Cherokee, Choctaw, New York, and Seminole.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Juneau Area Office)
P.O. Box 25520
Juneau, AK 99802
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 theNational Archives Pacific Alaska Region in Seattle.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Minneapolis Area Office)
331 South Second Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2241
Covers the following agencies: Great Lakes, Michigan, Minnesota, Red Lake, and Sac and Fox Field Office.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Muskogee Area Office)
101 N. 5th
St. Muskogee, OK 74401
Covers the following agencies: Chickasaw, Okmulgee, Osage, Miami, Talihina, and
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Navajo Area Office)
P.O. Box 1060
Gallup, NM 87305
Covers the following agencies: Chinle, Eastern Navajo, Fort Defiance, Shiprock, and Western Navajo.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Portland Area Office)
The Federal Building
911 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232-4169
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, Warms Springs and Yakima.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Phoenix Area Office)
P.O. Box 10
Phoenix, AZ 85001
Covers the following agencies: Colorado River, Eastern Nevada, Fort Apache, Fort Yuma, Hopi, Papago, Pima, Salt River, San Carlos, Southern Paiute Field Station, Truxton Canon, Unitah & Ouray, and Western Nevada.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Sacramento Area Office)
2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95825-1846
Covers the following agencies: Central California, Northern California, Palm Springs Field Agency and Southern California.
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.