Native American Tribes are sovereign nations and have formal relationships with the U.S. Federal Government. At the same time there are federal agencies which provide services to Native American people and Tribal governments. This page provides pointers to federal agencies which provide services to, or partner with, Native American tribes in the pursuit of their mission.
Dept of Agriculture
Dept of Health & Human Services
Dept of the Interior
Search the U.S.Government Manual which provides names and contact information for agencies and staff, organizational charts, and descriptions of responsibilities.
Context for Indian Land Claims
The Constitution and native American tribes. (2013). In R. A. Rossum, & G. Tarr, American constitutional law. (9th ed.). New York, NY: Westview Press. See in particular the section on "Tribal Authority Over Disposition of Lands".
Y. W. Dennis, A. Hirschfelder, & S. R. Flynn, Native American almanac: more than 50,000 years of the cultures and histories of indigenous peoples. Canton, MI: Visible Ink Press, 2016. Includes several articles on land claims in various regions including:
The Bureau of Indian Affairs was established in the War Department in 1824 and transferred to the Dept of the Interior in 1849.
NU Libraries has been a depository for publications of the US government since 1876 and have historic publications from some agencies, particularly their annual reports.
U.S. Commisssioner on Indian Affairs. Annual Reports, 1824-1968. 18 reels of microfilm
GOV I 20.1: year (GOV microfiche cabinets)
U.S. Commissioner on Indian Affairs. Annual Report.
GOV I 20.1: year (print copies 1855-1879)
Board of Indian Commissioners. Annual Report.
GOV I 20.5:year (print copies 1890-1932)
Report of the Superintendent of Indian Schools.
GOV I 20.7: year (print copies 1887-1906)
Contributions to North American Ethnology. U.S. Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region, J.W. Powell in charge. 1877-1893. Print volumes available at GOV I 17.5:
Electronic edition available via HathiTrust for all volumes.
ProQuest Congressional (see also Readex Government Documents)
Congressional hearings on legislation and treaties provide insight into policy. Annual reports of federal agencies were submitted to Congress and published as part of the Serial Set (1817-1994), included in this database. Debates in Congress are recorded in the Congressional Record, and its predecessors.