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Dear Ms. Miranda,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
While agencies have wide latitude over their records as the creator, once they are legally accessioned by the National Archives, NARA cannot and will not alter any historical records. If historians find something incorrect, they can present the record and their correction in books or talks or if used in court proceedings, the incorrect record can be shown as such with evidence.
National Archives facilities nationwide hold census records from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The most famous and largest census series, that one sees online and via Ancestry of all agencies 1885-1940, was accessioned directly from the BIA in the 1950s into our holdings. Other local census records have been accessioned by NARA field units directly from BIA agencies or area offices.
The American Indian Records Repository (AIRR) was created in the early 2000s in response to the Cobell lawsuit and NARA has not accessioned any BIA records since then. Therefore, NARA has NOT accessioned anything from AIRR nor has any timeline for future accessions. AIRR is run by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Trust Funds Administration and any questions regarding access needs to be made directly to AIRR or the particular BIA area office in question.
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[Information provided by Cody White, Subject Matter Expert]