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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.

North Dakota

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Assiniboin (Assiniboine)

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1864-1870 Fort Berthold Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Arikara Tribe (Sahnish) [Three Affiliated Tribes]

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1864-1965 Fort Berthold Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Blackfeet Sioux [Standing Rock Sioux]

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1864-1974 Standing Rock Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Grosventre Tribe (Gros Ventre)

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1864-1965 Fort Berthold Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Crow Tribe

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1864-1870 Fort Berthold Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Hidatsa Tribe [Three Affiliated Tribes]

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1864-1965 Fort Berthold Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Hunkpapa Sioux [Standing Rock Sioux]

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1864-1974 Standing Rock Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Mandan Tribe [Three Affiliated Tribes]

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1864-1965 Fort Berthold Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Three Affiliated Tribes [Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara]

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1864-1965 Fort Berthold Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Cuthead Band of Sioux Indians [Pabaksa]

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1871-1903 Devil’s Lake Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
1871-1947 Fort Totten Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
1922-1949 Turtle Mountain Consolidated Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
*Note: From 1947-1949, Fort Totten was merged with Turtle Mountain.
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (formerly Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe)

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1871-1903 Devil’s Lake Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
1875-1969 Sisseton Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Spirit Lake Sioux

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1871-1903 Devil’s Lake Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
1871-1949 Fort Totten Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
1947-1949 Turtle Mountain Consolidated Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
*Note: From 1947-1949, Fort Totten was merged with Turtle Mountain.
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Turtle Mountain Chippewa

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1871-1903 Devil’s Lake Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
1881-1955 Turtle Mountain Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)

 

Tribe(s)/Band(s):
Upper and Lower Yanktonai [Standing Rock Sioux]

Records from BIA Agencies, Field Offices, and Superintendencies:
1864-1974 Standing Rock Agency (National Archives at Kansas City)
Records from BIA Area Offices:
1929-1970 Aberdeen Area Office  (National Archives at Kansas City)
1959-1968 Aberdeen Area Office (National Archives at Denver)
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