FG 19-9 (Bureau of Indian Affairs) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)

Scope and Content Note

The Bureau of Indian Affairs was created in 1842 within the War Department, and established within the Department of the Interior in 1849. Additional authorizations were provided by the Snyder Act of 1921 (42 Stat. 208; U.S.C. 13) and the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (48 Stat. 984; 25 U.S.C. 461 et seq.). This subject category contains materials from, to, or about the Bureau of Indian Affairs pertaining to matters such as establishment, disestablishment, organization, reorganization, audits, inspections, investigations, location, relocation, regulations and reports, appointments and endorsements to top positions. Documents concerning the endorsements and appointments of agency officials are subdivided by a slant (/) and letter "A" to designate appointment papers. Primary correspondents in this category are President Richard Nixon, William Timmons, James Keogh, and Bradley Patterson, Jr. Related information may be found in the following subject categories:

FG 39-6 Navajo-Hopi Indian Administration

FG 142 Indian Claims Commission

FG 173 National Council on Indian Opportunity

FG 279 Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

FG 999 Indian Trust Council Authority

IN Indian Affairs

The Executive category includes material relating to the appointments of successive Commissioners of Indian Affairs, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) budget, staff reductions, reorganizations, programs, publications, and policies. The General category contains correspondence from various government and tribal officials and the general public relating to topics such as Indian legislation in California, the BIA and Alcatraz Island, California, occupations, the re-organization of the BIA, and the reassignment of BIA official William Veeder.  

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