• “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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  • Indian Lands Research   Part 2

    Indian Lands Research Part 2   There are different types of land records, and different types of searches. Genealogists want to prove their ancestors were Indian. Indian lawyers are interested in showing the ex...
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  • One more thing about Indian roll numbers

    One more thing about Indian roll numbers   We usually say that the allotment process ended with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. But that applied to the surveying of reservations into allotments. Apparentl...
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  • Researching the Indian Allotment Files

    Allotment records started in the early 1800s with some of the treaties. Lands were allotted to certain persons under the provisions of the treaty. In 1887 the General Allotment Act was passed and tribes gradually had ...
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  • Researching the Indian Fee Patent Files

    Allotments were made and “trust” patents were issued by the GLO, which kept the land in trust for the individual for a period of 25 years after which he could sell the land for himself. Prior to that time,...
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  • California Enrollments - Background

    California Enrollments  -  background   In 1928 Congress permitted California Indians to bring suit against the US for lands taken from them. They were defined as Indians residing in the State of Calif...
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  • Native American Films Available Online

    The National Archives has digitized thousands of documents, images, and movies related to Native American history and culture.  This is the third in a series of blogs highlighting the records available online thr...
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  • Definitions of Indian and Tribe

    Definitions of Indian and Indian Tribe   Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 allowed people of Indian descent who were not members of federally recognized tribes to apply for recognition as an Indian.  The IR...
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  • Digitized Native American Reservation Records: Photos

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

    After reading the Prologue article about Winema Riddell, a Modoc woman who acted as a mediator for the US government, I used the Innovation Hub to make her pension available on the National Archives Catalog. While we...
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  • Digitized Native American Reservation Records: Text

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