Government Agencies/Special Progams

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Founded in 1824, The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has been a primary player in the relationship between Native Americans and the federal government of the United States. The BIA is an agency within the federal government’s Department of Interior and is the oldest bureau within the department. It acts as an umbrella agency under which Native American concerns are dealt with. The BIA oversees the management of millions of acres of property held in trust by the United States for Native Americans. It also provides services to nearly 2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives

Main Website: https://www.bia.gov/

 

Programs and Services

The Bureau works in a variety of services including transportation, social services, gaming, and economic development.

https://www.bia.gov/programs-services

 

Policy and Forms

This link contains information on how the BIA operates and provides the structure on how Indian policy is created.

https://www.bia.gov/policy-forms

 

Regional Offices

This link provides a list and map of the various Native regional offices and important specifics regarding each region.

https://www.bia.gov/regional-offices

 

The Bureau of Land Management

The BLM works with tribal governments and listens to their input to ensure the BLMs work does not infringe on the rights and property of protected Native American land.

https://www.blm.gov/services/tribal-consultation

 

U.S. Forest Service Tribal Relations

The Office of Tribal Relations supports meaningful and significant collaboration and consultation with Tribes across all program areas of the Forest Service. They are committed to help increase opportunities for Tribes to benefit from the Forest Service programs and to help the Forest Service benefit from input from Tribes, in support of Tribal Sovereignty, self-governance, and self-determination, as well as Forest Service goals such as adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

https://www.fs.fed.us/spf/tribalrelations/

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The federal government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have distinct and unique obligations toward tribes based on trust responsibility, treaty provisions, and statutory mandates.

https://www.fws.gov/southeast/our-services/native-american-tribes/

 

Indian Health Service (IHS)

An agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service is responsible for providing federal health services to Native Americans across the United States.

Main Website: https://www.ihs.gov/

 

Find Health Care

An interactive map which provides a list of tribal health programs.

https://www.ihs.gov/findhealthcare/?CFID=68237919&CFTOKEN=50278943

 

Clinical Resources

IHS provides an array of resources to healthcare providers to assist Native Americans and their specific health concerns.

https://www.ihs.gov/forproviders/clinicalresources/

 

Native American Research Centers for Health

This government organization works to partner tribal communities with biomedical researchers to better serve health concerns.

https://www.nigms.nih.gov/Research/CRCB/NARCH/Pages/default.aspx

 

National Center for Health Statistics

This site offers statistics regarding the health of the overall Native American population.

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/american-indian-health.htm

 

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

The mission of this organization, run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to condense health disparities and conduct research to improve the health of Native Americans and others.

https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/about/

 

Society of American Indian Government Employees

Formed in 2002, SAIGE is the first national non-profit organization representing American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Federal, Tribal, State, and local government employees. SAIGE provides a forum on the issues, challenges, and opportunities of AI/ANs in the government workforce (including Tribal governments) and works to foster a professional network among AI/AN government employees.

https://saige.org