• Birth and Death on the Reservation as seen in Bureau of Indian Affairs Records

    (Authors note: the following post discusses, in part, death related records of individuals along with examples.)   Nearly 99 years ago, on October 10, 1922, Hairy Moccasin, a farmer on the Crow Reservation and on...
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  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) - Civil Rights Blog #3: A Guide for Researchers Accessing Records of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

    Subject Matter Expert (SME) - Civil Rights Blog #3 A Guide for Researchers Accessing Records of the U.S. Commission on Civil RightsRay Bottorff Jr   On September 9, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed int...
  • Office of Indian Affairs Superintendency Records, 1819-1878

    The National Archives continues to digitize and make available online previously microfilmed collections. In the last few months this has included several collections of superintendency records, dating back to the ear...
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  • Types of Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools

    When Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) schools are discussed, often the infamous off-reservation boarding schools, such as the Carlisle Institute, are typically the first to come to mind. However, the BIA ran several dif...
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  • Exploring American Indian Life Through the Office of Indian Affairs Superintendents' Annual Narrative and Statistical Reports, 1910-1938

    The National Archives continues to digitize and make available online previously microfilmed collections. One of the most recent collections to go live, the Office of Indian Affairs Superintendents' Annual Narrative a...
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  • Introducing the Bureau of Indian Affairs Photographs Finding Aid!

    Today, we are pleased to announce that the National Archives launched a new web-based finding aid featuring digitized historical photographs from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) records in Record Group 75. For the ...
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  • Native American Treaties Explorer

    Treaties Explorer Hundreds of Native American treaties have been scanned and are freely available online, for the first time, through the National Archives Catalog. Also, in partnership with The Museum of Indian Arts ...
  • Native American Photographs Tagging Mission

    Native American Photographs Tagging Mission Citizen Archivists, we have a new mission for you! More than 18,000 photographs from the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are now available in the National Arc...
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  • Native American Activism on the airwaves with the Seeing Red Radio Archive

    Native American Activism on the airwaves with the Seeing Red Radio Archive by Julie Fiveash   The Archives at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM is home to the “Seeing Red Radio Ar...
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  • 1920's Photographs of American Indian Families in National Archives Holdings

    Early photographs are rare enough for most families, even more so for those living on reservations and allotted tribal lands across the west. This makes the Bureau of Indian Affairs Industrial Surveys, taken nationwid...
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  • Diving into CCC Indian Division Records

    87 years ago this month President Roosevelt issued an executive order kicking off the then just passed Emergency Conservation Work Act. The rest, as they say, is history as research into ECW and CCC programs, projects...
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  • “Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1881" - Live and in the Catalog!

    The National Archives has embarked on a project to digitize microfilm series and get them into our online Catalog, where researchers can browse, bounce around, or zero in on particular sections throughout hundreds of ...
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  • Researching Native History Webinar - Nov. 8

    Researching Native History Webinar from the New Mexico Humanities Council   Scheduled for Nov 8, 2018, 7pm EST on YouTube   Join Vina Begay, librarian at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, to learn about h...
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  • You Want to Find Out About an Indian Ancestor

    A generation ago the BIA used to tell people to get in touch with the National Archives and give them the name and tribe and birthdate of an individual and we would look the name up on the Indian Census Rolls. We don&...
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  • NARA Resource: Congressional Serial Set

    An underutilized resource for researchers interested in Native American records is the US Congressional Serial Set.  This government publication contains over 15,000 volumes comprised of Senate and House document...
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  • Indian School Records Available Online

    The National Archives has digitized thousands of documents, images, and movies related to Native American history and culture.  This is the first in a series of blogs highlighting the records available online thr...
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  • Records of Native American Removal Available Online

    The National Archives has digitized thousands of documents, images, and movies related to Native American history and culture.  This is the second in a series of blogs highlighting the records available online th...
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  • About Roll Numbers

    About Roll Numbers People are always writing and asking to “find their grandmother’s roll number.” Or they say, my great grandmother had a roll number and threw it away!  Or they say, my husban...
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  • About roll numbers-- continued.

    I just found this looking through old correspondence, today. Dear Ms. W: This is in reply to your letter asking for information about the identity tags you and your family were required to wear in 1930s to 1940 or...
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  • Researching Indian Land Records   Part 1

    The US expanded by acquiring title to lands by purchase and treaty with other governments that claimed them, such as Spain and France.  Of course a lot of this land came from the Louisiana Purchase. {LA P include...
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