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Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Records

This guide is arranged geographically by state and thereunder contains a listing of tribes and bands living within that state’s borders. Under each entry for a tribe or band is a list of the BIA offices which had a jurisdictional relationship with that tribe, and for which the National Archives holds records. The NARA facility which has records for that office is listed in parentheses next to the entry. We have provided direct links into NARA's Online Catalog whenever possible for each of these agencies, office, and/or superintendencies. For each, the Online Catalog has tallied the number of descriptions and series available. Note, the Online Catalog may include multiple derivations of the agencies, offices, and superintendies name.

It has been impossible to include the name of every subagency and special agency. The most significant omissions are the agencies and subagencies established during the early years of a superintendency, when agents were moved about without permanent assignments to a particular tribe or locality.

Idaho

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Coeur D’Alene Tribe

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1853-1863 Washington Superintendency (National Archives at Washington, D.C.)
1863-1870 Idaho Superintendency (National Archives at Washington, D.C.)
1872-1905 Colville Indian Agency (National Archives at Seattle)
1875-1969 Northern Idaho Indian Agency (National Archives at Seattle)
1905-1937 Coeur d'Alene Indian Agency (National Archives at Seattle)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1931-1970 Portland Area Office (National Archives at Seattle)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation
[Boise Shoshoni, Bruneau Shoshoni, Western Shoshone, Bannock]

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1853-1863 Washington Superintendency (National Archives at Washington, D.C.)
1863-1870 Idaho Superintendency (National Archives at Washington, D.C.)
1890-1968 Fort Hall Agency (National Archives at Seattle)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1931-1970 Portland Area Office (National Archives at Seattle)
1937-1952 Phoenix Area Office (National Archives at Riverside)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation
[Western Shoshone, Northern Paiute]

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1853-1861 Utah Superintendency (National Archives in Washington, D.C.)
1869-1870 Nevada Superintendency (National Archives at Washington D.C.)
1925-1952 Carson Agency (National Archives at San Francisco)
1925-1955 Western Shoshone Agency (National Archives at San Francisco)
1952-1975 Nevada Agency (National Archives at San Francisco)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1942-1974 Phoenix Area Office (National Archives at Riverside)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Kalispel Tribe

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1853-1863 Washington Superintendency (National Archives at Washington, D.C.)
1863-1870 Idaho Superintendency (National Archives at Washington, D.C.)
1872-1905 Colville Indian Agency (National Archives at Seattle)
1875-1969 Northern Idaho Indian Agency (National Archives at Seattle)
1905-1937 Coeur d'Alene Indian Agency (National Archives at Seattle)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1931-1970 Portland Area Office (National Archives at Seattle)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Kootenai Tribe

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1853-1863 Washington Superintendency (National Archives at Washington, D.C.)
1863-1870 Idaho Superintendency (National Archives at Washington, D.C.)
1872-1905 Colville Indian Agency (National Archives at Seattle)
1875-1969 Northern Idaho Indian Agency (National Archives at Seattle)
1905-1937 Coeur d'Alene Indian Agency (National Archives at Seattle)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1931-1970 Portland Area Office (National Archives at Seattle)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Nez Perce Tribe

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1853-1863 Washington Superintendency (National Archives at Washington, D.C.)
1857-1902 Nez Perce Indian Agency. (National Archives at Seattle)
1863-1870 Idaho Superintendency (National Archives at Washington, D.C.)
1875-1969 Northern Idaho Indian Agency. (National Archives at Seattle)
1878-1879 Miami (Quapaw) Agency (National Archives at Fort Worth)
1878-1879 Miami (Quapaw) Agency  (Oklahoma Historical Society)
1902-1937 Fort Lapwai Indian Agency. (National Archives at Seattle)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1931-1970 Portland Area Office (National Archives at Seattle)
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