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Hello Ms. Johnson,
That sounds like such an intriguing query!
An early childhood experience of mine was visiting Denali with my family and correcting tourists who called the caribou “reindeer.” I was too young to remember anything but I returned there this past September and had a blast.
Using the National Archives Catalog I’ve located two promising series within Record Group 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The first series is Contracts for the Care, Herding, or Use of Reindeer, 1894 - 1905 (National Archives Identifier 1910397).
The second series is Letters Sent by Commissioners, 1877 - 1898 (NAID 1900018).
Both series’ descriptions in the Scope and Content note seem to match your post.
Since these records are in the downtown D.C. office of the National Archives, you should contact their reference staff by this email address: Archives1reference@nara.gov
Be sure to restate your original question but also include the links we provided above since it may shorten the time it takes to give you some answers.
Thanks for the question! You really can learn something new every day.
Thank you Alex, this is really helpful information!! I will send an email to the D.C. office concerning the items in this record group.