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Government Documents - Department of the Interior: Bureau of Indian Affairs

Describes the various agencies under Interior and our holdings of their publications. Topics include public lands, geology, dams, fish and wildlife, national parks and monuments, mining, American Indians, offshore drilling, and related areas.

About the agency

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) was first established in 1824 as part of the War Department. When the Department of the Interior was created in 1849, BIA was transferred to it. BIA provides services including schools, natural resources management, economic development, and social services to 566 recognized tribes.

Our holdings

Our collection of BIA publications is fully cataloged and items may be located using the Voyager online catalog or OneSearch. It includes the following:

Indian education (I 20.26:)

Indians at work (I 20.22:)

Indians of ... (pamphlets about Indians in various geographic areas of the U.S.) (I 20.51:)

The Map Collection has some BIA printed maps.

We also have a variety of general publications, readers, pamphlets, and other BIA materials. There are a number of Congressional hearings and reports about BIA and Indians. You can use ProQuest Congressional (UHM login required) to search for these materials. Access is restricted to UH Manoa faculty, students, and staff, and we will be happy to conduct searches for other users.

Most pre-1900 BIA documents, including its Annual reports, are available in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (UHM login required).

Additional documents covering 1910-1932 are available in the Executive Branch Documents microfiche set. Please contact a government documents librarian if you have questions about our holdings.

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