Researching American Indians and Alaska Natives

Navigating Record Group 75
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. While there is an effort to make more National Archives documents available online, many of these records have not been digitized.

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.


Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1870-1985 Wind River Agency (National Archives at Denver)

Known as Fort Bridger Agency from 1855-1869, Shoshone and Bannock Agency from 1870-1883, as Shoshone Agency from 1883-1937

1855-1869 Utah Superintendency (National Archives at Washington, D.C.)
1869-1870 Wyoming Superintendency (National Archives at Washington, D.C.)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1903-1974 Billings Area Office (National Archives at Denver)
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