Area Offices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
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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
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 at 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. Some of their records (1887-1989) are at the National Archives at Denver.
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 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 at Fort Worth.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Billings Area Office)
316 N. 26thStreet
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 (1912-1952) are at the National Archives at Seattle.
- 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
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 the National Archives at Seattle.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Minneapolis Area Office)
331 South Second Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2241
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 at Kansas City.
- Census and School Records, 1938-1950. FHL Film: 1002783
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Muskogee Area Office)
101 N. 5th
St. Muskogee, OK 74401
Some of its records (1835-1952)are in the National Archives at Fort Worth, Texas.
Records available through the Family History Library[edit | edit source]
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
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Portland Area Office)
The Federal Building
911 NE 11thAvenue
Portland, OR 97232-4169
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 at Seattle.
Records[edit | edit source]
- Tribal Census 1877-1952. FHL Film: 1028458item 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: 1028459item 2 - FHL|Film: 1028461
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Phoenix Area Office)
P.O. Box 10
Phoenix, AZ 85001
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 at Riverside, California
- Descriptive lists. FHL|Film: 1249981 item 5
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Sacramento Area Office)
2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95825-1846
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 at San Francisco.
References[edit | edit source]
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.