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Native American/Indigenous Studies: Federal

A guide for finding resources to do with the first peoples of America and other colonized areas.

Government Documents @ Mizzou

Under the Federal Depository Library Program, the University of Missouri has been designated as a federal depository. This means that we are one of the best resources for government documents in the state. Here is information for finding Government Information in the library.

Bureau of Indian Affairs

"Indian Affairs (IA) is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. Established in 1824, IA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 567 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is responsible for the administration and management of 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals estates held in trust by the United States for American Indian, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides education services to approximately 42,000 Indian students." (About Us. BIA)


Bureau of Indian Education

"BIE’s mission is to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with a tribe’s needs for cultural and economic well-being, in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities." (Mission Statement. BIE)


Department of Interior

The Department of the Interior is the overseeing agency for all Native American issues at the federal level. This means that the DOI "has a solemn responsibility to uphold the federal government's unique government-to-government relationship with federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, as provided for by the Constitution of the United States, U.S. treaties and court decisions, presidential executive orders and federal policies and administrative actions." (Native American Issues. DOI) Here is a list of other programs that they administer that deal with Native American issues.

Other Federal Government Resources