Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ mission is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.
Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Indian Services (OIS)
Indian Services Mission - To facilitate support for tribal people and tribal governments by promoting safe and quality living environments, strong communities, self-sufficient and individual rights, while enhancing protection of the lives, prosperity and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Service Areas include:
Human Services - https://www.bia.gov/bia/ois/dhs
· Indian Child Welfare Act
· Child and Adult Protection
· Financial Assistance
· Housing Improvement Program
· Individual Money Accounts
· Welfare Assistance
Self-Determination - https://www.bia.gov/bia/ois/dsd
Transportation - https://www.bia.gov/bia/ois/division-transportation
· Operation and Maintenance
· Tribal Transportation Program Coordinating Committee
Tribal Government - https://www.bia.gov/bia/ois/tgs
Genealogy - https://www.bia.gov/bia/ois/tgs/genealogy
Workforce Development - https://www.bia.gov/bia/ois/dwd
Department of the Interior – 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 573 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.
Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs
The Assistant Secretary–Indian Affairs assists and supports the Secretary of the Interior in fulfilling the United States’ trust responsibility to the Federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages and individual Indian trust beneficiaries, as well as in maintaining the Federal-Tribal government-to-government relationship.
Bureau of Indian Affairs – Jobs
Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)
Formerly known as the Office of Indian Education Programs, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) was renamed and established on August 29, 2006, to reflect the parallel purpose and organizational structure BIE has in relation to other programs within the Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs. The BIE is headed by a Director, who is responsible for the line direction and management of all education functions, including the formation of policies and procedures, the supervision of all program activities and the approval of the expenditure of funds appropriated for education functions.
Indian Health Service - The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Our Mission: to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level.
Our Goal: to assure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people.
Our Foundation: to uphold the Federal Government's obligation to promote healthy American Indian and Alaska Native people, communities, and cultures and to honor and protect the inherent sovereign rights of Tribes.
Bureau of Indian affairs - List of Federally Recognized Tribes
National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present, and future—through partnership with Native people and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary Native life.
Small Business Administration – Office of Native American Affairs
While the SBA doesn’t certify Native-owned small businesses, it does certify small businesses considered to be socially and economically disadvantaged under the nine-year 8(a) Business Development Program. Native-owned businesses are presumed to be socially disadvantage. Moreover, the federal government does not require certification as a Native-owned small business.
To learn more about other programs and resources available to you and other Native Americans, please visit the following sites:
National Indian Gaming Association
The trade association of Tribal Government Gaming - links to American Indian Business Network www.niga.org
Division of Native American Programs – Department of Labor
National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Council (DOL)